This is an introduction to Mawlana Mawdudi. It refers to his life, important works and the social, political and cultural context in which Mawdudi functioned. It also provides an overview of key aspects of his thought, for instance, his views on the sovereignty of God, the need for Muslims to recognise this sovereignty, to follow God's guidance in all aspects of life. The talk refers also to his views on secularism, nationalism and democracy as well as the West and Western civilisation.
Prof Saeed chaired the presentation by Rev. Dirk Ficca, Executive Director of the Parliament of World Religions on interfaith relations in the 21st century at the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne on the 19th of November. The event was organised by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Association of Australia.
EVENTS of the past decade have shown that small groups of militant extremist Muslims have a remarkable ability to create havoc in much of the world: killing, suicide bombing and destruction in the name of Islam.
That the number of these militant extremists is small is not a good reason for the majority of Muslims to remain silent.