First published in 2004. For the Muslim the foundation from which all discussion of government starts is the law of God, the sharī‘a. Theoretically pre-existing and eternal, it represents absolute good. It is prior to the community and the state.‘ Part of London Oriental Series, this volume’s concern wis with the political ideas of the period extending from the 2nd/8th century to the 11th/17th century and to the central lands of the caliphate, including Persia, and North Africa.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Religion and Politics: the Law; Chapter 2 The Community and the State; Chapter 3 Kh?rij?s and Zayd?s: Murji'?s, Qadar?s and Mu'tazila; Chapter 4 The Use and Abuse of Sovereignty: Ab? Y?suf, IBN Al-Muqaffa’, Al-J?hiz and IBN Qutayba; Chapter 5 Al-B?qill?n? and Al-Baghd?d?; Chapter 6 Al-M?w?rdi: Wiz?r? ?nd Im?ra; Chapter 7 Al-Juwayn? and Al-Ghaz?l?: the Sultanate; Chapter 8 Fakhr Al-D?n R?z?: the Dissociation of Religious and Temporal Power; Chapter 9 The Extinction of the Caliphate: IBN Jam? ‘a and IBN Taymiyya; Chapter 10 The Historical Theory: IBN Khald?n; Chapter 11 The Im?m/Sultan: Fadl All?h B. R?zbih?n Khunj?; Chapter 12 The Relations of Muslims and Non-Muslims: Jih?d: Taxation and the Conquered Lands; Chapter 13 The Sh?'a: the Imamiyya; Chapter 14 The Fuqah?’ and the Holders of Power; Chapter 15 The Safawid Dilemma; Chapter 16 The Ism?‘?liyya; Chapter 17 The State and the Individual;
Ann K.S. Lambton Emeritus Professor of Persian, University of London