Muslim Kingship: Power and the Sacred in Muslim, Christian and Pagan Polities

Muslim Kingship: Power and the Sacred in Muslim, Christian and Pagan Polities

by Aziz Al-Azmeh

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Overview

This study outlines the main features of the theory and practice of political power in Muslim polities in the Middle Ages against the background of Near Eastern traditions of kingship, particularly Hellenistic, Persian, and Byzantine. The early Arab-Muslim polity is treated as an integral part of late Antiquity and the book explores the way in which older traditions were transposed into Islamic form and given specifically Islamic textual sanction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781860646096
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/16/2001
Edition description: PAPERBACK
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 10.37(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Aziz Al-Azmeh is a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin.

Table of Contents

Part I: Sublime Analogies Pagan and Monotheistic
• Introduction
• Kings and Gods
• An Interregnum
Part II: Muslim Polities
• Writing Power
• The Absolutist Imperative
• Absolutism Sublime
• Political Soteriology

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