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Longing for the lost caliphate : a transregional history.

Author: Mona Hassan
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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In the United States and Europe, the word "caliphate" has conjured historically romantic and increasingly pernicious associations. Yet the caliphate's significance in Islamic history and Muslim culture remains poorly understood. This book explores the myriad meanings of the caliphate for Muslims around the world through the analytical lens of two key moments of loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries. Through  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mona Hassan
ISBN: 0691183376 9780691183374 9780691166780 0691166781
OCLC Number: 1028522065
Description: 1 volume : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
Contents: 1. Visions of a lost caliphal capital: Baghdad, 1258 C.E. --
2. Recapturing lost glory and legitimacy --
3. Conceptualizing the caliphate, 632 --
1517 C.E. --
4. Manifold meanings of loss: Ottoman defeat, early 1920s --
5. In international pursuit of a caliphate --
6. Debating a modern caliphate.

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In the United States and Europe, the word "caliphate" has conjured historically romantic and increasingly pernicious associations. Yet the caliphate's significance in Islamic history and Muslim culture remains poorly understood. This book explores the myriad meanings of the caliphate for Muslims around the world through the analytical lens of two key moments of loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries. Through extensive primary-source research, Mona Hassan explores the rich constellation of interpretations created by religious scholars, historians, musicians, statesmen, poets, and intellectuals. In the United States and Europe, the word "caliphate" has conjured historically romantic and increasingly pernicious associations. Yet the caliphate's significance in Islamic history and Muslim culture remains poorly understood. This book explores the myriad meanings of the caliphate for Muslims around the world through the analytical lens of two key moments of loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries. Through extensive primary-source research, Mona Hassan explores the rich constellation of interpretations created by religious scholars, historians, musicians, statesmen, poets, and intellectuals. A global history, Longing for the Lost Caliphate delves into why the caliphate has been so important to Muslims in vastly different eras and places. -- Provided by publisher.

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