Islamic Political ThoughtAn Introduction

Islamic Political ThoughtAn Introduction

Gerhard Bowering

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780691164823

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Abstract

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.

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Introduction

Gerhard Bowering

Authority

Roy Jackson

Caliphate

Wadad Kadi, Aram A. Shahin

Fundamentalism

Roxanne Euben

Government

Emad El-Din Shahin

Jihad

John Kelsay

Knowledge

Paul L. Heck

Minorities

Yohanan Friedmann

Modernity

Armando Salvatore

Muhammad

Gerhard Bowering

Pluralism and Tolerance

Gudrun Krämer

Qur’an

Gerhard Bowering

Revival and Reform

Ebrahim Moosa, SherAli Tareen

Shari‘a

Devin J. Stewart

‘Ulama’

Muhammad Qasim Zaman

Women

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

End Matter