The History of Islamic Political Thought

The History of Islamic Political Thought : From the Prophet to the Present

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A comprehensive overview of Islamic political thought, stretching from Early Islam (c.622-661) to the Age of Fundamentalism (c.1920-2000). The book encompasses religion, law, ethics and statecraft as expressed in systematic treatises, occasional writings, official rhetoric, and popular slogans. The chapters cover a broad range of subjects including: the restoration of Persia; the ethics of power; philosophy in Spain; the science of civilization; the beginnings of the modern great powers; India under the Mughals; the decline and reform of the Ottoman state; and the Age of Modernism.
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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 177 x 244 x 25mm | 901g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • glossary, bibliography
  • 0748614710
  • 9780748614714

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Table of contents

Part 1 Early Islam: the messenger/the mission of Muhammad; the notion of monarchy under the Umayyads and Abbasids c.661-900; the development of the Sunni way c.700-900; Shi'ism; political culture in the Persian renaissance c.850-1050; the early Falasifa (philosophers) - Plato without the Polis. Part II Religion and state power (din wa dawla): Sunni doctrine and the state c.900-1220; the theory of the Caliphate; the order of the realm; Ghazali's balance; the ethics of power - advice-to-kings (nahisat al-muluk); political philosophy in the 12th century; Sufism and politics. Part III The Shari'a and the sword c.1220-1520: the rape of Asia; Mamluk ideology and the Sultan-Caliph; Nasir al-Din Tusi (1263-1328) - shara'a governance (al-siyasa al-shari'yya); the Delhi sultanate and al-Barani - statecraft and morality; Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) - the science of civilization and the governance of Islam; the decline of classical Islamic political thought. Part IV Islam and the west: the Age of Modernism - c.1830-1920; the Age of Fundamentalism c.1920-2000.
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