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Foundations of Islamic Governance

A Southeast Asian Perspective, 1st Edition

By Maszlee Malik


280 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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The aim of this book is to explore and analyze the Islamic axioms, foundation principles and values underpinning the field of governance in an attempt to construct the architectonics of a new systemic and dynamic theory and formulate the articulation of ‘Islamic governance’. This discursive and abstract, rather than being an empirical exercise, assumes to produce a ‘good governance’ framework within its own formulation through a value-shaped dynamic model according to maqasid al-Shari’ah (higher objective of Shari’ah) by going beyond the narrow remit of classical and contemporary discussions produced on the topic, which propose a certain institutional model of governance based on the classical juristic (fiqh) method. Through an exclusive analytical discursive approach in this book, readers will find that Islam as one of the major religions in the contemporary world with the claim of promising the underpinning principles and philosophical foundations of worldly affairs and institutions through a micro method of producing homoIslamicus could contribute towards development of societies by establishing a unique model of governance from its explicit ontological worldview through a directed descriptive epistemology.

Table of Contents

1. Preface

2. Acknowledgement

3. Prolegomena

4. Introduction

5. CHAPTER ONE: Governance: Definitions and Conceptual Framework

6. CHAPTER TWO: Deconstructing the Concept of Good Governance

7. CHAPTER THREE: Religion and Governance: A Philosophical Inquiry

8. CHAPTER FOUR: Ontological and Epistemological Sources for Islamic Governance

9. CHAPTER FIVE: New Approach to the Texts: Epistemological Method-Related Concerns

10. CHAPTER SIX: Contributions of Muslim Scholars in the Development of Knowledge Base for Governance

11. CHAPTER SEVEN: Architectonics of Islamic Governance: Locating the Axioms, Foundational Principles and Working Mechanism

12. CHAPTER EIGHT: Articulation of Islamic Governance


14. Epilogue

15. Bibliography

About the Author

Maszlee Malik is assistant professor in the Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences at the International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He holds a doctorate degree (PhD) from Durham University in Durham, United Kingdom in Good Governance. His research area is in Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), Classical and Contemporary Islamic Political Thoughts, and Islamic Movements and Good Governance. He is the author of the books, Good Governance: a Critical introduction and Islam, Civil Society and Islamic Governance.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia

This series aims to publish original and cutting-edge contributions from scholars in religious studies, sociology, political science, history, anthropology, economics, psychology, geography and other related disciplines to provide new perspectives on the historical, comparative, and theoretical study of Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia from the early modern period to the present. Works that are published in the series would fill the gaps in the existing literature, other than offering new conceptual and methodological approaches to studying Islam and Muslims in Southeast Asia. The series gives much emphasis on works that are both reflexive and empirical, written by both junior and senior scholars in the field.

Series editors:

Dr. Syed Muhd Khairudin Aljunied [email protected]

Dr Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir [email protected]


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General