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This article examines the development of Jama`at-e-Islami (Jama`at) in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. It first traces the history and ideology of Jama`at as formulated by Mawdudi in colonial India. It then discusses important milestones in Jama`at’s transformation across south Asia. It begins with Indian Jama`at before moving on to the transformation of Jama`at in Pakistan and Bangladesh. It concludes with some general observations on the modality and nature of Islamist politics in south Asia. My central argument is that to craft a fresh framework we ought to interrogate the hegemonic liberal and geo-strategic understandings of religion/Islam and politics in general and of Jama`at-e-Islami in particular.
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