A special issue of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society on “Divine Sovereignty, Morality and the State: Maududi and His Influence,” edited by Humeira Iqtidar and Oliver Scharbrodt, has just been published.
In their introduction, the editors point out how the essays “engage with the traffic in ideas across different spheres and especially the peripatetic itineraries of Maududi’s concept of ḥākimiyyat” (and its variations in interpretations) (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1356186321000766).
Humeira Iqtidar discusses in “Conservative Anti-Colonialism: Maududi, Marx and Social Equality” (available in open access) how Maududi relied on his concept of divine sovereignty to critique Marxist conceptions of social equality (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1356186321000341).
In “Divine Sovereignty and Clerical Authority in Early Shi‘i Islamism,” (available open access) Oliver Scharbrodt investigates the reception of hakimiyya by two prominent Shi’i Iraqi Islamists, Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (1935–80) & Muhammad Taqi al-Mudarrisi (b. 1945) (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1356186321000304).
My open access article “A Direct Flight to Revolution: Maududi, Divine Sovereignty, and the 1979-Moment in Iran” explores how Pakistani Sunni Islamists were drawn to the Iranian Revolution because it reflected Maududi’s core concern of hakimiyya (https://doi.org/10.1017/S135618632100033X).
In “Locating Ḥākimiyya in Global History,” Usaama al-Azami argues that “ḥākimiyya qua sovereignty finds its antecedents quite clearly in the Islamic scholarly tradition,” which helps to “provincialise Europe in global historical studies” (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1356186321000675).
Finally, Muhammad Qasim Zaman draws it all together by offering reflections on the set of articles gathered in this special issue and relating it to his pathbreaking earlier article on the subject (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1356186321000821).