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Islam, the State, and Political Authority

Medieval Issues and Modern Concerns

  • Asma Afsaruddin

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Asma Afsaruddin
      Pages 1-5
  3. Medieval Section

  4. Modern Section

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-255

About this book


The expert essays in this volume deal with critically important topics concerning Islam and politics in both the pre-modern and modern periods, such as the nature of government, the relationship between politics and theology, Shi'i conceptions of statecraft, notions of public duty, and the compatibility of Islam and democratic governance.


democracy governance government Islam political philosophy politics Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Asma Afsaruddin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Near Eastern Languages and CulturesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

About the editors

ASMA AFSARUDDIN Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, USA.

Bibliographic information


'This edited volume is a model collection. Its title identifies clearly its subject matter, political authority in the Islamic world. The chapters focus in varied and useful ways on that obviously pressing subject matter.' - Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies