The History of Islamic Political Thought

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

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Islam is enormously important today in both international and national domestic politics, but contemporary political Islam cannot be understood without an awareness of it roots. Yet, little attention has been paid to the way its political ideas originated how they developed. The History of Islamic Political Thought offers a full description and an interpretation of political philosophy from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2000 AD). Antony Black takes the same approach as scholars usually do for the history of Western political thought, examining the mentality, cultural milieu, and political background of thinkers and statesmen. He covers the relationship of politics to religion, law, ethics, philosophy, and statecraft, as expressed through treatises, occasional writings, official rhetoric, popular slogans, and other evidence of how people thought about authority and order. This unique and ambitious book will appeal to students of Islamic studies and political theory, as well as readers interested in Islamic politics more generally
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 172 x 240 x 26mm | 839.16g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • glossary, bibliography
  • 0748614729
  • 9780748614721
  • 1,894,626

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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An impressive synthesis that will open up this field to non-Islamicists ! the only book of its kind, done by a political theorist who brings that discipline's approach and comparative background to bear on the subject -- Jury of the BKFS Book Prize in Middle Eastern Studies This is a remarkably good book. The author covers a long period, from the jahaliyya up to today, and the coverage is uniformly clear and judicious ... Black is to be congratulated for having provided such an extended discussion of high quality ... his comparative touch is light and inevitably illuminating ... a lot of books have appeared in recent years on Islamic political thought, and this is undoubtedly one of the best. It will play an important role in the teaching of the subject for many years to come An impressive synthesis that will open up this field to non-Islamicists ! the only book of its kind, done by a political theorist who brings that discipline's approach and comparative background to bear on the subject This is a remarkably good book. The author covers a long period, from the jahaliyya up to today, and the coverage is uniformly clear and judicious ... Black is to be congratulated for having provided such an extended discussion of high quality ... his comparative touch is light and inevitably illuminating ... a lot of books have appeared in recent years on Islamic political thought, and this is undoubtedly one of the best. It will play an important role in the teaching of the subject for many years to come
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About Antony Black

Professor Antony Black has lectured in Politics at University of Dundee from 1963 until retirement in 2000, covering most aspects of political theory from Plato to contemporary international relations and social philosophy. Done research on and published on wide range of topics from medieval ecclesiastical theories to contemporary political philosophy. 1975-76 Visiting associate professor, School of Government and Public Administration, The American University, Washington DC., USA. 1980-81 Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Foundation. March-April 1993 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Jurisprudence, University of Trento, Italy. 1993-7. Head of Dept. of Politics, University of Dundee 1995-9 Book Review Editor of Early Modern History: Contacts, Contrasts and Comparisons (Brill).
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