Philosophers, Sufis, and Caliphs: Politics and Authority from Cordoba to Cairo and Baghdad

Philosophers, Sufis, and Caliphs: Politics and Authority from Cordoba to Cairo and Baghdad

by Ali Humayun Akhtar

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ISBN-13: 9781107182011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/09/2017
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ali Humayun Akhtar is an Assistant Professor at Bates College, Maine. He is also the Robert M. Kingdon Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Akhtar holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University.

Table of Contents

List of figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: politics, law, and authority in the Abbasid and Fatimid; Part I. Philosophical Caliphs and their Impact on the Scholars: 1. Rival caliphs in Baghdad and Cairo; 2. A third caliphate in Cordoba; 3. Political reform among the later Abbasids; Part II. Philosophical Sufis among Scholars and their Impact on Political Culture: 4. Sufi metaphysics in the twelfth century; 5. A new political model and its Sufi; 6. The transformation of caliphal politics; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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