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The art of jihad : realism in Islamic political thought

Author: Malik Mufti
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, Albany, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Now all but forgotten, there exists within medieval Islamic political thought a coherent "realist" tradition analogous to its Western counterpart. In The Art of Jihad: Realism in Islamic Political Thought author Malik Mufti begins by analyzing contemporary debates on jihad designed to highlight the lacuna occupied by realism in other cultures, and explicates the features of medieval Islamic realism; those it shares  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malik Mufti
ISBN: 9781438476377 143847637X
OCLC Number: 1096223542
Description: xxi, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Competing visions of jihad --
Imperial foundations --
The political turn in Islamic philosophy --
Ibn Khaldun's synthesis --
Contemporary echoes.
Responsibility: Malik Mufti.

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Now all but forgotten, there exists within medieval Islamic political thought a coherent "realist" tradition analogous to its Western counterpart. In The Art of Jihad: Realism in Islamic Political Thought author Malik Mufti begins by analyzing contemporary debates on jihad designed to highlight the lacuna occupied by realism in other cultures, and explicates the features of medieval Islamic realism; those it shares with realism everywhere--a focus on power, for example, or the ubiquity of human conflict--but also those features that are distinctive: its insistence on the political centrality of religion, its rejection of scientific certainty, its valorization of hierarchy, and its adherence to empire as the optimal ethico-political framework. These features are fleshed out through the writings of medieval political thinkers such as Ibn al-Muqaffa`, al-Jahiz, and the anonymous author of a seminal military manual, as well as political philosophers such as Ibn Rushd and Ibn Khaldun. Finally, Mufti explores the prospects for a revival of Islamic realism in the context of the political and intellectual upheavals currently besetting the Middle East.

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