Comparing Western And Islamic Political Thought

Hardcover | February 14, 2008

byAntony Black

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This comparative history of political thought examines what the Western and Islamic approaches to politics had in common and where they diverged. The book considers how various ancient and medieval thought-patterns did or did not lead to modern developments; and how sacred monarchy, thelegitimacy of the state, and the role of the people were looked upon in each culture. The author focuses on the period from the rise of Islam to the European Reformation, but his analysis extends to the main genres of political thought up to the present. He argues that until the mid-eleventhcentury, Europe, Islam, and the Byzantine world had more in common than is commonly thought. What made the West different was the papal revolution of the late eleventh century, Europe's twelfth-century 'renaissance', and the gradual secularization of political thought which followed. At the sametime, Islam, after an early blossoming, interpreted its own revelation more and more narrowly. This volume throws light on why the West and Islam each developed their own particular kind of approach to government, politics and the state, and on why these are so different.

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This comparative history of political thought examines what the Western and Islamic approaches to politics had in common and where they diverged. The book considers how various ancient and medieval thought-patterns did or did not lead to modern developments; and how sacred monarchy, thelegitimacy of the state, and the role of the peopl...

Antony Black is Professor Emeritus in the History of Political Thought, School of Humanities, University of Dundee. He was Lecturer in Politics at University of Dundee from 1963 until retirement in 2000. 1975-76 Visiting Associate Professor, School of Government and Public Administration, The American University, Washington DC., USA. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:February 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199533202

ISBN - 13:9780199533206

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Religion and Politics: the West, Islam, Byzantium2. Legitimacy: the Caliphate and the State3. Society4. Regimes: Europe, Byzantium, Islam5. Practical Politics6. Approaches to Political Thought7. Changes in Religion and Politics8. The Origins of Western Political ThoughtEpilogueAppendixBibliographyPrimary SourcesSecondary Sources