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The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought
Edited by Gerhard Bowering
Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stewart, Muhammad Qasim Zaman, associate editors
Mahan Mirza, assistant editor

One of Library Journal's Best Reference of Law & Politics for 2012
Winner of the 2013 Cover/Jacket Merit Award in the Professional, Reference category, New York Book Show
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles Top 25 Academic Books for 2013

Hardcover | 2012 | $90.00 / £66.95 | ISBN: 9780691134840
704 pp. | 8 x 10 | 7 maps.
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The first encyclopedia of Islamic political thought from the birth of Islam to today, this comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible reference provides the context needed for understanding contemporary politics in the Islamic world and beyond. With more than 400 alphabetically arranged entries written by an international team of specialists, the volume focuses on the origins and evolution of Islamic political ideas and related subjects, covering central terms, concepts, personalities, movements, places, and schools of thought across Islamic history. Fifteen major entries provide a synthetic treatment of key topics, such as Muhammad, jihad, authority, gender, culture, minorities, fundamentalism, and pluralism. Incorporating the latest scholarship, this is an indispensable resource for students, researchers, journalists, and anyone else seeking an informed perspective on the complex intersection of Islam and politics.

  • Includes more than 400 concise, alphabetically arranged entries
  • Features 15 in-depth entries on key topics
  • Covers topics such as:
    • Central themes and sources of Islamic political thought: caliph, modernity, knowledge, shari'a, government, revival and reform
    • Modern concepts, institutions, movements, and parties: civil society, Islamization, secularism, veil, Muslim Brotherhood
    • Islamic law and traditional Islamic societies: justice, taxation, fatwa, dissent, governance, piety and asceticism, trade and commerce
    • Sects, schools, regions, and dynasties: Mu'tazilis, Shi'ism, Quraysh, Mecca and Medina, Baghdad, Indonesia, Nigeria, Central Asia, Ottomans
    • Thinkers, personalities, and statesmen: Mawardi, Shafi'I, Saladin, Tamerlane, Akbar, Atatürk, Nasser, Khomeini
  • Contains seven historical and contemporary maps of Muslim empires, postcolonial nation-states, populations, and settlements
  • Guides readers to further research through bibliographies, cross-references, and an index

Gerhard Bowering is professor of Islamic studies at Yale University. Patricia Crone is Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Wadad Kadi is the Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor of Islamic Thought (Emerita) at the University of Chicago. Devin J. Stewart is associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Emory University. Muhammad Qasim Zaman is the Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion at Princeton University. Mahan Mirza is vice president for academic affairs at Zaytuna College.


"[A] work of high-quality erudition packaged in an accessible manner which will benefit a wide readership, the PEIPT is thus also quintessentially of its time and a political statement of sorts in itself, which is, perhaps paradoxically, where its deeper value as a point of reference will ultimately lie."--Zaheer Kazmi, Times Literary Supplement

"In this timely volume, 15 major entries examine key topics such as Muhammad, jihad, gender, fundamentalism, and pluralism. The remaining nearly 400 entries focus on the origin and evolution of Islamic political terms, concepts, personalities, movements, places, and schools of thought."--Library Journal, Best Reference 2012 selection

"This unprecedented encyclopedia aims to be a comprehensive, authoritative, innovative reference covering 14 centuries while demonstrating its utility to comprehend today's political and cultural situation in Islamic societies. It is a truly impressive opus."--Choice

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Table of Contents:

Introduction vii

Alphabetical List of Entries xxi

Topical List of Entries xxv

Contributors xxix

Maps xxxv

Entries A-Z 1

Index 607

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