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Mirror for the Muslim Prince
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In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 it seems as if “Islamic fundamentalists” has emerged as the bête noire of the post-Cold War world. A whole cottage industry has emerged that depicts Islam as nothing more than a sign system (clerics, veils, guns, flag burnings, fist-waving) and subject of traumatic news (terrorists, assassins, hostage takers, etc). The monolithic characterization of Muslims assumes that there is a unitary “Islamic” position on important issues of statecraft and governance. The aim of “Mirror for the Muslim Prince” is to move beyond the fashionable yet cursory understanding of Muslims’ beliefs regarding power and statecraft. By assembling a group of world class scholars, this book challenges a host of exalted assumptions and theories concerning political power in the Muslim world. Contributors to the volume include Charles Butterworth, Serif Mardin, Muzaffar Alam, and Roxanne L. Euben.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Front Flap
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. A Note on the Text
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 2. Maslahah as a Political Concept
  2. pp. 16-44
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  1. 3. On Sadi’s Treatise on Advice to the Kings
  2. pp. 45-81
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  1. 4. Perso-Islamicate Political Ethic in Relation to the Sources of Islamic Law
  2. pp. 82-106
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  1. 5. An Anomaly in the History of Persian Political Thought
  2. pp. 107-121
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  1. 6. Teaching Wisdom: A Persian Work of Advice for Atabeg Ahmad of Luristan
  2. pp. 122-159
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  1. 7. A Muslim State in a Non-Muslim Context: The Mughal Case
  2. pp. 160-189
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  1. 8. Al-Tahtawi’s Trip to Paris in Light of Recent Historical Analysis: Travel Literature or a Mirror for Princes?
  2. pp. 190-217
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  1. 9. Law and the Common Good: To Bring about a Virtuous City or Preserve the Old Order?
  2. pp. 218-239
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  1. 10. What Do Egypt’s Islamists Want? Moderate Islam and the Rise of Islamic Constitutionalism in Mubarak’s Egypt
  2. pp. 240-278
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  1. 11. The Body Corporate and the Social Body
  2. pp. 279-296
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  1. 12. Cosmopolitanism Past and Present, Muslim and Western
  2. pp. 297-325
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  1. 13. God’s Caravan: Topoi and Schemata in the History of Muslim Political Thought
  2. pp. 326-400
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 401-448
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 449-466
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
  2. pp. 489-490
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