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From the PublisherThis book provides a fresh interpretation of well-known Muslim socio-religious institutions, stressing their autonomy from states and the protection they offered to Muslim communities.— Ira M. Lapidus, author of A History of Islamic Societies
"The authors to this volume perform a valuable service, since there have been few, if any, collaborative studies of public sphere and civil society in the field of premodern Muslim/Middle Eastern history."— Michael Bonner, author of Aristocratic Violence and Holy War: Studies in the Jihad and the Arab-Byzantine Frontier
Contributors include Dale F. Eickelman, Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, Daphna Ephrat, Haim Gerber, Miriam Hoexter, Nimrod Hurvitz, Aharon Layish, Nehemia Levtzion, and Daniella Talmon-Heller."