SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Contemporary Islamism in South Asia: Readings in Sayyid Abu al-A'la Mawdudi

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2017/2018
Year of study:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • an ability to discuss the historical and cultural contexts in which Contemporary Political Islam developed
  • an understanding of the construction of a religio-political system of thought
  • an ability to consider the degree of the impact of Modern Western political and philosophical thinking and Classical Islamic thought, as well as the intercultural contact on the self-perception of the Islamic tradition and it's reinterpretation
  • an understanding of Mawdūdī's genuine attempt to a practical realisation of his ideology in the religio-political movement Jamāʿat-i islāmī
  • an ability to discuss the impact of Mawdūdī's system of thought on other Islamist theorists and movements
  • an ability to reflect upon the usefulness of the analytical categories 'Islamism', 'Islamic Fundamentalism', 'Political Islam'
  • an ability to critically analyze primary source material in the field of Islamism
  • an ability to present orally an introduction and critical discussion of different problems relating to the field to an audience within a given time frame
  • consolidated skills in academic writing in view of the upcoming MA dissertation


One hour lecture + one hour tutorial per week (22 weeks)

Method of assessment

One essay worth 40% (4,000-4,500 words), one essay worth 50% (4,000-4,500 words), oral presentation to class of 10-15 minutes worth 10%


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