Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought

Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought

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Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought

By analyzing a wide range of Arab and Persian literature, Louise Marlow demonstrates that Islam's initial orientation was markedly egalitarian, but the social aspect of this egalitarianism was soon undermined in the aftermath of Islam's political success. Although the memory of its early promise never entirely receded, social egalitarianism was soon associated with political subversion. The originality and chronological scope of Louise Marlow's book will ensure a wide readership of Islamic historians and of scholars assessing the impact of the recent Islamic revival.

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ISBN-13: 9780521894289
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/16/2002
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Sources for Islamic Social Ideals: 1. Egalitarianism and the growth of a pious opposition; 2. The Muslim reception of Greek ideas; 3. The Muslim reception of Iranian social models; Part II. THE TAMING OF ISLAMIC EGALITARIANISM: 4. The disassociation of egalitarianism and opposition; 5. The didactic literature of the courts; 6. Rationalisations of inequalities; 7. Hierarchies of occupations; Conclusion.

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