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Abul A'la Maududi

1903 - 1979

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Syed Abul A'la al-Maududi (Urdu: ابو الاعلی المودودی, romanized: Abū al-Aʿlā al-Mawdūdī; (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 1,410,831 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Abul A'la Maududi is the 458th most popular philosopher (up from 474th in 2019), the 140th most popular biography from India (down from 121st in 2019) and the 21st most popular Indian Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 458 out of 1,081Before him are Madhvacharya, Alain de Benoist, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Henry Suso, Ibn al-Rawandi, and Petrus Ramus. After him are Ernst Troeltsch, Phaedo of Elis, Norberto Bobbio, Adam Ferguson, Willard Van Orman Quine, and Nelson Goodman.

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Among people born in 1903, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 66Before him are Giulio Natta, Raymond Radiguet, Maria Reiche, Aleksei N. Leontiev, Maud Lewis, and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark. After him are Ernest Walton, Fritz Bauer, Alonzo Church, Louis Leakey, Bob Hope, and Mikhail Kalatozov. Among people deceased in 1979, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 46Before him are Louis Chiron, Giulio Natta, Feodor Lynen, Otto Robert Frisch, Aleksei N. Leontiev, and Karl Wilhelm Reinmuth. After him are Mamie Eisenhower, Conrad Hilton, Teruo Nakamura, Konstantin Simonov, Dhyan Chand, and Dimitri Tiomkin.

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Among people born in India, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 140 out of 1,493Before him are Mamnoon Hussain (1940), Pranab Mukherjee (1935), Ravidas (1450), Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906), Madhvacharya (1199), and Pratibha Patil (1934). After him are Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820), Zakir Husain (1897), Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (1924), Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay (1887), Shantideva (685), and Kittur Chennamma (1778).


Among philosophers born in India, Abul A'la Maududi ranks 21Before him are Ramanuja (1017), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), Buddhaghosa (401), Ravidas (1450), and Madhvacharya (1199). After him are Shantideva (685), Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Shah Waliullah Dehlawi (1703), Sivananda Saraswati (1887), Chandrakirti (600), and Narayana Guru (1855).