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Muhammed Qasim Zaman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149226

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149226.001.0001

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Islamism and the Sovereignty of God

Islamism and the Sovereignty of God

(p.135) Chapter Four Islamism and the Sovereignty of God
Islam in Pakistan

Muhammad Qasim Zaman

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides an account of one of the most central of all Islamist ideas, in Pakistan and in the wider Muslim world—the idea that sovereignty belongs to God alone. As Mawdudi and other Islamists have articulated it, the implication is that all legal and political authority derives from God and His injunctions, as enunciated in the Qur'an and in the normative example of the Prophet Muhammad. One could not be a Muslim without accepting this idea, nor could a state be Islamic without recognizing it. However, the Islamists are not the only people who have espoused the sovereignty of God. It has figured prominently in non-Islamist, including modernist, circles, too. Part of the concern of this chapter is to examine what it has meant in different circles. It also explores the provenance and history of this idea.

Keywords:   Islam, Islamism, Pakistan, sovereignty, Mawdudi, God

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