The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought

    Contributions by
  • Richard Bulliet
  • David Cook
  • Roxanne L. Euben
  • Khaled Fahmy
  • Frank Griffel
  • Bernard Haykel
  • Robert W. Hefner
  • Timur Kuran
  • Jane McAuliffe
  • Ebrahim Moosa

An indispensable guide to Islamic political thought from Muhammad to the twenty-first century


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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

    Awards and Recognition

    • 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