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The political language of Islam

Author: Bernard Lewis
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Arabic has an entirely different political vocabulary from that shared by most Western languages. The political language of Islam is rooted in Islamic scriptures and classics and shaped by Islamic political experiences. It uses metaphors and symbols that sometimes coincide with and sometimes differ from those of the Western world, and it operates within a frame of reference and allusion often unlike that to which we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Terminology
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Lewis
ISBN: 0226476928 9780226476926 0226476936 9780226476933
OCLC Number: 16682191
Language Note: "Based on the Exxon Foundation lectures, delivered ... in the University of Chicago, 29 October-4 November 1986"--Preface.
Notes: "Based on the Exxon Foundation lectures, delivered ... in the University of Chicago, 29 October-4 November 1986"--Preface.
Description: vii, 168 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Metaphor and allusion --
The body politic --
The rulers and the ruled --
War and peace --
The limits of obedience.
Responsibility: Bernard Lewis.
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Arabic has an entirely different political vocabulary from that shared by most Western languages. The political language of Islam is rooted in Islamic scriptures and classics and shaped by Islamic political experiences. It uses metaphors and symbols that sometimes coincide with and sometimes differ from those of the Western world, and it operates within a frame of reference and allusion often unlike that to which we in the West are accustomed. Here, historian Bernard Lewis traces the growth and development of Islamic political language from the advent of the Prophet and the promulgation of the Qur'an in the seventh century through the transformation of political thought, institutions, and discourse in modern times. Through historical analysis of the formation and transformation of the technical terms used in the literature of statecraft, in the theories of political philosophers, and in the actual conduct of government, he clarifies the perception, discussion, and practice of politics in the Islamic world.--From publisher description.

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