This chapter focuses on the life of Mawdudi, and how his biography was merely a means to an end—namely, to present himself in such a way that he became almost predestined for intellectual leadership. Other authors, mainly from among his immediate family and followers, helped to perpetuate and fortify this image which has been carried on since, even in academic publications. A critical distance to most of the available material is thus highly commendable. A core text for Mawdudi’s illustration of his conscious self-staging is an autobiographical article allegedly written in 1932 and since then repeatedly reprinted. Already, the story around the composition of this text clearly indicates Mawdudi’s attempt to present himself in a certain way.
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