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Excursus Islamic Fundamentalism

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Abu al-Aʿla Maududi (died 1979) was one of the first to ideologies Islam or islamise the political discourse of the nationalists, developing a system equated with Islam compatible with Western ideologies. Party system and nation-state, for instance, are interpreted as having always been Islamic. With this authoritative replacement, traditional boundaries are transcended and modern developments within the Islamic semiotics legitimised. Political Islam and religious fundamentalism preach a solidarity traditionalism, which is primarily oriented to a life in this world and has certain ideas of what reform should be about. One can contend that studies on Islam should be read in the light of articulations of particular social and cultural realities negotiating over boundaries between spheres of social activity and institutions. Approaching 'Islamic' culture normatively does not contribute much towards under standing of the phenomenon.

Keywords: Abu al-Aʿla Maududi; Islam; nation-state; traditionalism



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