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The West and Islam: Religion and Political Thought in World History

Antony Black


This history of political thought — philosophical argument and everyday attitudes — examines what the Western and Islamic approaches to politics had in common and where they diverged. Byzantium is also compared. In all three civilizations, political and religious ideas were intertwined and issues of ‘church and state’ were crucial. This book considers how various ancient and medieval thought-patterns did or did not lead to modern developments; and how sacred monarchy, justice — revealed or natural — the legitimacy of the state, and the role of the people were looked upon in each culture. The b ... More

Keywords: Islam, comparative, political thought, Byzantium, church and state, Middle Ages, legitimacy, monarchy, the state, fundamentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antony Black, author
Professor Emeritus in the History of Political Thought, School of Humanities, University of Dundee
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