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A balanced, scholarly assessment of Islamic politics.... A subtle and skilled rejoinder to the conventional schools of thought--and to fashionable assumptions about the 'post-Islamist' era.
Brown... is one of the giants of Middle Eastern studies and his books get better and better.... A well-written and lucid study.
Both an important and a useful book. It is important for the light it sheds on the politics and also on the societies of the Islamic world by daring to make an unfashionable but highly productive comparison between Islam and Christendom.... It addresses very precisely the questions in the minds of many upper-level undergraduates taking courses in Islamic political thought. It should, however, be read by everyone interested in politics in the Islamic world or in international relations.
Religion and State destabilizes entrenched conventional thinking about Islam and politics. This alone makes the book worth reading.
The image of Islam as an inherently aggressive and xenophobic religion has long prevailed in the West and can at times appear to be substantiated by current events. This book challenges this conventional wisdom with a fascinating, historical overview of the relationship between religious and political life in the Muslim world, from Islam's early centuries to the present day.
Paves the way for grasping the Islamist phenomenon in its diverse forms in the contemporary Muslim world.
— Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi
This timely book on Islam and politics... paves the way for grasping the Islamist phenomenon in its diverse forms in the contemporary Muslim world... Brown has offered us the necessary epistemological tools to come to grips with the complex theme of Islam and politics both in the classical and modern phases of the Muslim world.
|1||Setting the Stage: Islam and Muslims||7|
|2||Islam, Judaism, and Christianity in Comparative Perspective: An Overview||19|
|3||Muslim "Church Government"||31|
|4||The Historical Bases of Traditional Muslim and Christian Political Theory||43|
|5||Unity and Community||52|
|6||The Roots of Political Pessimism||60|
|7||Muslim Attitudes Toward the State: An Impressionistic Sketch||68|
|8||Islam and Politics in Modern Times: The Great Transformation||77|
|9||Meeting the Western Challenge: The Early Establishment Response||87|
|10||The Early Antiestablishment Response to the Western Challenge||99|
|11||From World War I to the 1960s: The Years of Muted Islamist Politics||111|
|12||The Return of Islam?||123|
|13||The Radical Muslim Discourse||134|
|14||Al-Banna, Mawdudi, and Qutb||143|
|15||Khomeini and Shi'ite Islamism||161|
|Islam and Politics Past and Present: A Bibliographical Essay||209|