This volume contributes to the modern study of Islam and provides a full-length review of Weber's sociology of Islam. It examines modern scholarship which questions the relevance of Weber to the contemporary role of Islam in global politics. It is useful for students of the sociology of religion.
Introduction Part One 1. An interpretation of Weber on Islam 2. Charisma and the origins of Islam 3. Allah and man 4. Saint and sheikh Part Two 5. Patrimonialism and charismatic succession 6. Islam and the city 7. Weber, law and Islam 8. Islam and Ottoman decline Part Three 9. Islamic reform and the sociology of motives 10. Islam and secularization 11. Marx, Weber and Islam