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God's Rule - Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought

God s Rule Government and Islam Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought Patricia Crone s God s Rule is a fundamental reconstruction and analysis of Islamic political thought focusing on its intellectual development during the six centuries from the rise of Islam to the Mo

  • Title: God's Rule - Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought
  • Author: Patricia Crone
  • ISBN: 9780231132916
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • Patricia Crone s God s Rule is a fundamental reconstruction and analysis of Islamic political thought focusing on its intellectual development during the six centuries from the rise of Islam to the Mongol invasions Based on a wide variety of primary sources including some not previously considered from the point of view of political thought this is the first book to exaPatricia Crone s God s Rule is a fundamental reconstruction and analysis of Islamic political thought focusing on its intellectual development during the six centuries from the rise of Islam to the Mongol invasions Based on a wide variety of primary sources including some not previously considered from the point of view of political thought this is the first book to examine the medieval Muslim answers to questions crucial to any Western understanding of Middle Eastern politics today, such as why states are necessary, what functions they are meant to fulfill, and whether or why they must be based on religious law.The character of Muslim political thought differs fundamentally from its counterpart in the West The Christian West started with the conviction that truth both cognitive and moral and political power belonged to separate spheres Ultimately, both power and truth originated with God, but they had distinct historical trajectories and regulated different aspects of life The Muslims started with the opposite conviction truth and power appeared at the same time in history and regulated the same aspects of life In medieval Europe, the disagreement over the relationship between religious authority and political power took the form of a protracted controversy regarding the roles of church and state In the medieval Middle East, religious authority and political power were embedded in a single, divinely sanctioned Islamic community a congregation and state made one The disagreement, therefore, took the form of a protracted controversy over the nature and function of the leadership of Islam itself Crone makes Islamic political thought accessible by relating it to the contexts in which it was formulated, analyzing it in terms familiar to today s reader, and, where possible, comparing it with medieval European and modern political thought By examining the ideological point of departure for medieval Islamic political thought, Crone provides an invaluable foundation for a better understanding of contemporary Middle Eastern politics and current world events.

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    1 thought on “God's Rule - Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought

    1. Det er for specialiseret til at interessere mig. Jeg købte bogen pga. fine anmeldelser om interessant bog. Og jeg skal jo læse det, jeg køber. Denne her læser jeg dog ikke længere end til s. 98. Det er givetvis en fin bog. Den går i dybden med forskellige trosformer indenfor islam frem ca. 1800. Angiveligt er den en landevinding. Den kobler religion og statsvidenskab sammen og argumenterer for, at statsvidenskab ikke har/havde meget selvstændig plads i Islam, idet dette område varetages [...]

    2. An excellent overview of political thought in the Medieval Islamic World. Her marked horror of localism aside, Crone is fair enough to allow the various schools of thought to speak for themselves. A must read for anyone interested in Islamic history and quite enlightening as well to anyone interested in the history of political thought.

    3. I read this for a political science class. She brings forth interesting ideas, but in many places I feel she is constructing her own story of historical events to advance her theses. Worth reading for general information.

    4. God's Rule - Government and Islam: Six Centuries of Medieval Islamic Political Thought by Patricia Crone (2005)

    5. tons of background information into the current internal struggles in the muslim communityif you can tolerate an author who likes to hear herself talk

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