An Outline of the Structure of an Islamic State as Depicted in the Writings of Maulana Sayyid Abul ala Maududi
State is generally considered to be an authoritative organ working for the accomplishment of the worldly affairs. But in Islamic terminology, state is meant not only for the conduct of worldly affairs but also considered to be the most influential means for the accomplishment of divine ends through the execution of divine commands in the collective life of the Muslim Ummah. For that very purpose, Islam systematically provides the well defined structure of an Islamic state. Maulana Maududi’s presentation of the structure of an Islamic state is unprecedented in the intellectual history of Islam, because his presentation of the structure of an Islamic state fulfils the demand of the time. In this connection the paper is a humble effort to present an outline of Maulana Maududi’s presentation of the structure of an Islamic state which is in consonance with the prophetic model and is quite compatible to the contemporary Muslim societies in which he discussed its every aspect and their jurisdictions. Moreover, his presentation of the structure of an Islamic state reduces the diverse interpretations regarding its structure and jurisdictions.
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