Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 04:30
A talk by Humeira Iqtidar, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of Political Economy, Kings College London
This paper takes seriously Maududi's interest in decolonizing political ideas and concepts, and elaborates his concerns through a focus on his critique of nationalism. The criticism of nationalism that Maududi, an influential Islamist thinker, articulated has long been noted. However, the depth of his critique, and its implications, remain under-explored, perhaps due to the positive normative associations with anti-colonial nationalism. I argue that Maududi's reliance on Jizya, a tax on non-Muslim citizens of his ideal Islamic state, could be seen as a creative reworking of an older practice to provide a conceptual and political tool to correct what he saw as the fundamental problem within Euro-American democracies: the pretence of equality of citizenship while minorities remained oppressed. His solution is flawed and deeply problematic, but opens productive avenues for assessing the claims of contemporary liberal nationalists.