Islamic Political Thought: An Introduction

Islamic Political Thought: An Introduction

By: Gerhard Bowering (editor)Paperback

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In sixteen concise chapters on key topics, this book provides a rich, authoritative, and up-to-date introduction to Islamic political thought from the birth of Islam to today, presenting essential background and context for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and beyond. Selected from the acclaimed Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, and focusing on the origins, development, and contemporary importance of Islamic political ideas and related subjects, each chapter offers a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to its topic. Written by leading specialists and incorporating the latest scholarship, the alphabetically arranged chapters cover the topics of authority, the caliphate, fundamentalism, government, jihad, knowledge, minorities, modernity, Muhammad, pluralism and tolerance, the Qur'an, revival and reform, shari?a (sacred law), traditional political thought, 'ulama' (religious scholars), and women. Read separately or together, these chapters provide an indispensable resource for students, journalists, policymakers, and anyone else seeking an informed perspective on the complex intersection of Islam and politics. The contributors are Gerhard Bowering, Ayesha S. Chaudhry, Patricia Crone, Roxanne Euben, Yohanan Friedmann, Paul L. Heck, Roy Jackson, Wadad Kadi, John Kelsay, Gudrun Kramer, Ebrahim Moosa, Armando Salvatore, Aram A. Shahin, Emad El-Din Shahin, Devin J. Stewart, SherAli Tareen, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman. A new afterword discusses the essays in relation to contemporary political developments.

About Author

Gerhard Bowering is professor of Islamic studies at Yale University and the editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought.


Introduction, Gerhard Bowering 1 Authority, Roy Jackson 25 Caliphate, Wadad Kadi and Aram A. Shahin 37 Fundamentalism, Roxanne Euben 48 Government, Emad El-Din Shahin 68 Jihad, John Kelsay 86 Knowledge, Paul L. Heck 105 Minorities, Yohanan Friedmann 123 Modernity, Armando Salvatore 135 Muhammad, Gerhard Bowering 152 Pluralism and Tolerance, Gudrun Kramer 169 Qur'an, Gerhard Bowering 185 Revival and Reform, Ebrahim Moosa and SherAli Tareen 202 Shari'a, Devin J. Stewart 219 Traditional Political Thought, Patricia Crone 238 'Ulama', Muhammad Qasim Zaman 252 Women, Ayesha S. Chaudhry 263 Contributors 273 Index 275

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  • ISBN13: 9780691164823
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780691164823
  • weight: 397
  • ISBN10: 0691164827

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