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A System of LifeMawdudi and the Ideologisation of Islam$
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Jan-Peter Hartung

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199361779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361779.001.0001

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The Reception of A System

The Reception of A System

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A System of Life

Jan-Peter Hartung

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes how the efficacy of Mawdudi’s thought was clearly restricted, first and foremost because of the language barrier. After all, almost all of Mawdudi’s earlier writings were exclusively in Urdu, while the Jil responded clearly to the particular Indian situation at the time. Mawdudi himself appears to have been quite aware of that fact, which is why the translation of his core writings into various languages had been a matter very dear to him. Instrumental in having his works translated into Arabic, despite Mawdudi’s own claim of high proficiency in that language, were his early associates from the Nadwat al-‘ulama’ in Lucknow, an institution well known for its high standards in Arabic language training and its close links to Muslim intellectual circles in the Near and Middle East.

Keywords:   Mawdudi’s thought, language barrier, Urdu, Arabic, Nadwat al-ulama, Lucknow

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