Abul A'la Maududi

1903 - 1979

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Abul A'la Al-Maududi (Urdu: ابو الاعلی مودودی‎, Abul Alā Al-Mawdūdī – alternative spellings of last name Maudoodi, Mawdudi; (1903-09-25)25 September 1903 – (1979-09-22)22 September 1979) was an Islamic scholar, Islamist ideologue, Muslim philosopher, jurist, historian, journalist, activist and scholar active in British India and later, following the partition, in Pakistan. Described by Wilfred Cantwell Smith as "the most systematic thinker of modern Islam”, his numerous works, which "covered a range of disciplines such as Qur’anic exegesis, hadith, law, philosophy and history", were written in Urdu, but then translated into English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Burmese, Malayalam and many other languages. He sought to revive Islam, and to propagate what he understood to be "true Islam". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abul A'la Maududi has received more than 1,132,871 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Abul A'la Maududi is the 474th most popular philosopher (up from 548th in 2019), the 121st most popular biography from India (up from 149th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 474 out of 1,089Before him are Guillaume Budé, Karl-Otto Apel, Emmanuel Mounier, Kapila, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Kenneth Waltz. After him are Émile Chartier, Hans Reichenbach, Gianni Vattimo, Annemarie Schimmel, Rodolphus Agricola, and Marcus Cornelius Fronto.

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Among people born in 1903, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 68Before him are Waldemar Hoven, Louis Leakey, Fritz Bauer, Bob Hope, Werner Best, and Yisrael Kristal. After him are Werner Ostendorff, Haldan Keffer Hartline, George Davis Snell, Maria Reiche, Yevgeny Mravinsky, and Evelyn Waugh. Among people deceased in 1979, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 53Before him are Mamie Eisenhower, Yukio Tsuda, Stein Rokkan, Alfredo Ottaviani, Otto Robert Frisch, and Rudi Dutschke. After him are Konstantin Simonov, Charles Mingus, Louis Durey, Wilfred Bion, Ali Hassan Salameh, and Richard Rodgers.

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Among people born in India, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 121 out of 1,227Before him are Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924), Radha (null), Varāhamihira (505), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), and Namdev (1270). After him are Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899), Ahilyabai Holkar (1725), Lata Mangeshkar (1929), Aamir Khan (1965), Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838), and Sushruta (-620).


Among philosophers born in India, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 16Before him are Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Vyasa (-390), Ramanuja (1017), and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883). After him are Shantideva (685), Buddhaghosa (401), Ravidas (1450), Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Chandrakirti (600), and Jyotirao Phule (1827).