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Author ʻAbd al-Rāziq, ʻAlī, 1888-1966.
عبد الرازق، علي،, 1888-1966.

Title Islam and the foundations of political power / Ali Abdel Razek ; translated by Maryam Loutfi ; edited by Abdou Filali-Ansary
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 131 pages)
Series In translation: modern Muslim thinkers
In translation, modern Muslim thinkers.
Contents Introduction -- The nature of the caliphate -- The status of the caliphate -- The caliphate from the social point of view -- The system of power at the time of the prophet -- Prophecy and power -- Islam : a message from God rather than a system of government; a religion rather than a state -- Religious unity and the Arab people -- The Arab state -- The nature of the caliphate
Summary "The publication of this essay in Egypt in 1925 took the contemporaries of Ali Abdel Razek by storm. Challenging fundamental ideas about political power, it was the focus of much attention and the seed of a heated debate. It was especially potent as at this time the Muslim world was in great turmoil over the questiion of the abolition of the caliphate by Mustapha Kemal Ataturk in Turkey. The essay gave rise to a series of "refutations" and unleashed the Arab world's first great public debate with polemics supporting or refuting Ali Abdel Razek's ideas published all over the press. Eventually he was tried by the al-Azhar court, denounced, stripped of his title of 'alim and barred from future employment in education and the judiciary."--Jacket
Notes "Edinburgh University Press in association with The Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-122) and index
Notes Translated from the Arabic
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Subject 880-03 ʻAbd al-Rāziq, ʻAlī, 1888-1966. Islām wa-uṣūl al-ḥukm
880-03//r عبد الرازق، علي،, 1888-1966. اسلام واصول الحكم
Islam and politics.
Islam and state.
Power (Social sciences) -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Form Electronic book
Author Filali-Ansary, Abdou.
Loutfi, Maryam.
Aga Khan University. Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
ISBN 0748639780
0748656316 (electronic bk.)
9780748656318 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles 880-02 Islām wa-uṣūl al-ḥukm. English
880-02//r اسلام واصول الحكم. English