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Religion and State
Author: L.Carl Brown

ISBN: 9780231120395
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17 August 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
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If Westerners know a single Islamic term, it is likely to be "jihad, " the Arabic word for "holy war." The image of Islam as an inherently aggressive and xenophobic religion has long prevailed in the West and can at times appear to be substantiated by current events. L. Carl Brown challenges this conventional wisdom with a fascinating historical overview of the relationship between religious and political life in the Muslim world ranging from Islam's early centuries to the present day.

"Religion and State" examines the commonplace notion -- held by both radical Muslim ideologues and various Western observers alike -- that in Islam there is no separation between religion and politics. By placing this assertion in a broad historical context, the book reveals both the continuities between premodern and modern Islamic political thought as well as the distinctive dimensions of modern Muslim experiences. Brown shows that both the modern-day fundamentalists and their critics have it wrong when they posit an eternally militant, unchanging Islam outside of history. "They are conflating theology and history. They are confusing the

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