Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in by Michael Cook

By Michael Cook

Why does Islam play a bigger function in modern politics than different religions? Is there anything concerning the Islamic background that makes Muslims much more likely than adherents of alternative faiths to invoke it of their political existence? if that is so, what's it? historic Religions, glossy Politics seeks to reply to those questions through reading the jobs of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in glossy political lifestyles, putting precise emphasis at the relevance—or irrelevance—of their heritages to today’s social and political concerns.

Michael cook dinner takes an in-depth, comparative examine political identification, social values, attitudes to battle, perspectives in regards to the position of faith in numerous cultural domain names, and conceptions of the polity. In a lot of these fields he unearths that the Islamic history bargains richer assets for these engaged in present politics than both the Hindu or the Christian heritages. He makes use of this discovering to provide an explanation for the truth that, regardless of the lifestyles of Hindu and Christian opposite numbers to a few facets of Islamism, the phenomenon as a complete is exclusive on the planet this present day. The publication additionally indicates that fundamentalism—in the feel of a choice to come to the unique assets of the religion—is politically extra adaptive for Muslims than it truly is for Hindus or Christians.

A sweeping comparative research by means of one of many world’s major students of premodern Islam, historical Religions, smooth Politics sheds very important mild at the dating among the foundational texts of those 3 nice spiritual traditions and the politics in their fans at the present time.

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13 The reader may find it surprising that the word jihad (Ar. 2. 14 Cf. the list of maghāzī titles gathered in Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums, 1:887b–888a. 15 Ibn ʿAsākir, Dimashq, 59:393. 16 These works include two collections of prophetic traditions, al-Jāmiʿ and Ṣaḥīfat Hammām ibn Munabbih, and ʿAbd al-Razzāq’s exegesis of the Qurʾan, al-Tafsīr; see EI3, “ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Ṣanʿānī” (H. Motzki). 9 percent; however, her tabulation is somewhat misleading, as she counts ʿAbd al-Razzāq’s annotations and glosses of Maʿmar’s traditions, which rarely go beyond a sentence or two, as equal to Maʿmar’s fully realized narrations, which stretch on for pages.

Although some of these headings appear redundant at first glance, a closer reading suggests that the somewhat redundant chapter headings function as a divider to mark off materials Maʿmar transmits from al-Zuhrī from those he transmits from other authorities, such as Qatādah or ʿUthmān al-Jazarī. One must emphasize that even if the chronological arc of Muḥammad’s life does not determine the book’s structure, its arc remains implicit within each episode. In summary, the importance of The Expeditions by Maʿmar ibn Rāshid is multifaceted.

A note on Arabic names: The forms of names one encounters in Arabic literature can be quite daunting for the uninitiated, but the system is easy to learn with a little time. A typical full name consists of a personal name (ism) followed by a genealogy (nasab) that starts with one’s father and continues back several generations. The nasab is recognizable by the words ibn and bint, which mean “son” and “daughter,” respectively. ” In spoken address, convention often dictates the use of a kunyah, or teknonym, such as Abū (“Father of ”) or Umm (“Mother of ”).

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