Mirror for the Muslim Prince
Islam and the Theory of Statecraft
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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...organized at Syracuse University in 2006. All the distinguished contribu-tors to this volume presented papers at this event and in the ensuing years revised their papers to make them suitable for publication. Th e chapter by Shomali and Boroujerdi and the one by Rutherford were not part of the conference but were added later to address certain lacunae in the project. ...
A Note on the Text
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...some thirteen scholars use more than half a dozen languages to analyze ancient, medieval, and modern treaties proved a formidable task. It soon became clear that adopting a rigid transliteration system can be prob-lematical. Hence it was decided that while we employed—as a heuristic device—the transliteration system laid out by the Library of Congress, ...
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The string of popular uprisings, commonly referred to as “the Arab Spring,” that jolted the Arab and Muslim worlds in 2010 and 2011 came as a shock to most political observers. Th e toppling of Zine El Abi-dine Ben Ali (r. 1987–2011), Hosni Mubarak (r. 1981–2011), Ali Abdul-lah Saleh (r. 1978–2011), and Muammar al-Qadhafi (r. 1969–2011), who ...
2. Maslahah as a Political Concept
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The Arabic term Maslahah is usually translated as “welfare,” “public interest or utility,” and “common good” in various contexts. A single, con-cise defi nition is not possible in English, but all the above meanings may be encompassed by the Arabic term. At the basic semantic level, maslahah connotes being the source of what is sound, benefi cial, and conducive to ...
3. On Sadi’s Treatise on Advice to the Kings
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Cherish the poor, and seek not thine own comfort. Th e shepherd should not sleep while the wolf is among the sheep. Protect the needy, for a king wears his crown for the sake of his subjects. Th e people are as the root and the king is as the tree; and the tree, O son, gains strength from the root. He who has fear of injury to his kingdom ...
4. Perso-Islamicate Political Ethic in Relation to the Sources of Islamic Law
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...to identify what is “Islamic” in the Persianate, and more generally the Islamicate,1 culture and civilization by deriving it from Islamic jurispru-dence (fi qh). Th is practice is true for what is usually called Islamic politi-cal thought but should more accurately be considered Perso-Islamicate political ethic and public law. For centuries, the readings for moral edu-...
5. An Anomaly in the History of Persian Political Thought
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The history of Persian political thinking is generally considered to be an integral part of the study of Islamic political thought. By general-izing the specifi cities of so-called Islamic political thought, historians of Islamic studies tend to focus on the dominance of the Islamic paradigm in Persian political thinking. According to this approach, Persian soci-...
6. Teaching Wisdom
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N.sc u s r at a l -D.sci n A h m a d (r. 1296–1330 or 1333)1 of Greater Luristan (Lur-i buzurg) was known, like earlier members of the Hazaraspid or Fazlavi dynasty to which he belonged, by the title of Atabeg.2 In contrast to some of his predecessors, and in particular his brother Afrasiyab, whose reign immediately preceded his own, Ahmad was almost uniformly por-...
7. A Muslim State in a Non-Muslim Context
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...an important step in the development of imperial political culture and ideology occurred in South Asia. Power in the Indian countryside was mostly in the hands of large and small Hindu family and kin groups. Th ese groups had emerged as the great consolidated Rajput caste, spread over a very large part of northern India and incorporating the various ...
8. Al-Tahtawi’s Trip to Paris in Light of Recent Historical Analysis
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Rifa‘ah Rafi‘ al-Tahtawi’s Takhlis (al-Tahtawi 1834) is tradition-ally studied as travel literature not so much because of its contribution to that genre but because of its content.1 Its importance rests on the fact or, more precisely, on the scholarly assumption of its being an early if not the fi rst example of the Arab discovery of modern Europe. Th is assumption ...
9. Law and the Common Good
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...mentioned today, one immediately associates it with the idea of secular-ism or, at least, the secular interpretation of politics in Islam. For most people interested in contemporary politics in the world of Islam, some-thing is fundamentally problematic about Ali Abd al-Raziq’s—or any-body else’s for that matter—attempt to separate Islam from politics. To ...
10. What Do Egypt’s Islamists Want?
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I n r esponse to both external and internal pressures, many Arab regimes undertook reforms in the 1990s and 2000s that allowed greater political competition. Th e primary benefi ciaries of these reforms were Islamist groups. In the 2000s, Islamists achieved unexpected success at the ballot box in countries as diverse as Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, ...
11. The Body Corporate and the Social Body
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Today, the leader of the Turkish Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, Prime Min-ister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, oft en refers to his legislative initiatives as legitimized by the party’s control of a large majority in Parliament and the popular support he detects behind it. He thereaft er goes on to state that his policies are based on the will of the people, or millet, the populus an ...
12. Cosmopolitanism Past and Present, Muslim and Western
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...sively dizzying fl ows of people, knowledge, and information characteristic of the contemporary world have inaugurated an unprecedented deterrito-rialization of politics. We are now said to live in a world in which “borders have stopped marking the limits where politics ends because the commu-nity ends,” our identities not only shaped by particular places and spaces ...
13. God’s Caravan
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It is little sur pr ising that conceptions of power and political thought elaborated in the course of Muslim histories, in modern times no less than in the classical and medieval periods, are fi elds of study that have continued to attract attention in recent years in this fi eld of scholarship, which had rarely entertained the idea of a world disenchanted.1 Yet these ...
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Page Count: 448
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Modern Intellectual and Political History of the Middle East
Series Editor Byline: Mehrzad Boroujerdi