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

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Political Science - 377 pages
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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.
 

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It is certainly admirable that the author carries through his ambitious project of working through all of Islamic political thought "from the prophet to the present", and he's clearly an accomplished ... Read full review

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I was surprised to see that the author apparently knows no Arabic and relies entirely on translations and secondary work. Still, it provides some interesting material for other non-specialiasts like myself. Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
3
Sunni Doctrine
5
The Mission of Muhammad
9
The Idea of Monarchy under the Umayyads and Abbasids
18
The Method of Tradition sunna
32
Shiite Theories of Leadership imama
39
The Restoration of Persia c 8501050
49
Plato without the Polls
57
Social Philosophy and Status Groups
145
Sharia Governance alsiyasa
154
Statecraft and Morality
160
The Decline of Classical Islamic Political Thought
183
International Relations
193
The State of the House of Osman devleti ali Osman
197
The Safavids
221
2 India and the Mughals
239

The Theory of the Caliphate
81
S The Order of the Realm
91
AlGhazalis Balance
97
AdvicetoKings nasihat almuluk
108
Philosophy Goes West
115
The Politics of Sufism
128
Part HI The Sharia and the Sword c 12201500
137
The Decline and Reform of the Ottoman Empire
255
The Age of Modernism c 18301920
279
The Age of Fundamentalism c 19202000
308
Conclusion
349
Index
366
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About the author (2001)

Antony Black holds a Personal Chair (Emeritus) in the History of Political Thought at the University of Dundee. He has recently published "The History of Islamic Political Thought from the Prophet to the Present", and was founding review editor of "The Journal of Early Modern History: Contacts, Comparisons, Contrasts". He is currently working on global and comparative political thought.

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