Books by Maududi and Syed Qutub removed from Aligarh Muslim University syllabus. Books of Maududi and Syed Qutub removed from the syllabus of Aligarh Muslim University

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  • More than 20 scholars had written a letter to the PM regarding this subject.
  • AMU administration removed books of both prominent Islamic scholars from syllabus

Aligarh Muslim University: More than 20 scholars of right-wing ideology wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi asking him to teach books by Islamic scholars Abul Ala Maududi and Syed Qutb at AMU. Abul Ala Maududi was a staunch Islamic scholar from Pakistan. Maududi was also the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami whose ideology was to establish Islamic State. When the university administration was asked on this, they told that Maududi’s books BA, MA, M.Phill. And is in the syllabus up to P.hd. Now the AMU administration has removed the books of Abul Ala Maududi and Syed Qutub from the syllabus of the university. A senior official of the university said that we have taken this step to prevent further dispute arising on this matter. This should not be seen as an encroachment on academic freedom.

Abul Ala Maududi was an advocate of religious pluralism

Significantly, Abul Ala Maududi (1903–1979) was an Indian Islamic scholar who migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India. He was also the founder of a major Muslim religious organization called Jamaat-e-Islami. His works also include “Tafheem ul Quran”. Maududi did his graduation from Darul Uloom Deoband in the year 1926. He was an advocate of religious pluralism.

Egyptian scholar Syed Qutb was an advocate of Islamic fundamentalist ideology

Another Islamic scholar, Sayyid Qutb, whose views have been removed from the AMU curriculum, was an Egyptian and an advocate of Islamic fundamentalist ideology. He was also a prominent member of an organization called the Islamic Brotherhood. He was also jailed for opposing the then Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Qutb wrote more than a dozen works. His most famous work was ‘Fei Jilal al-Quran’ which is based on the Quran.

These books were of optional subjects so there was no point in removing them – AMU spokesperson

AMU spokesman Aum Pirzada said that the works of the two Islamic scholars were part of the university’s elective courses, so there was “no need” to go through the process of deliberating them in the Academic Council before removing them.

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