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Alternative Paradigms : The Impact of Islamic and Western Weltanschauungs on Political Theory - Ahmet Davutoglu

Alternative Paradigms

The Impact of Islamic and Western Weltanschauungs on Political Theory

Paperback Published: 28th January 1993
ISBN: 9780819190475
Number Of Pages: 274

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Many scholars were convinced that the existing Western style of life, thought, and political institutions could easily be adapted to Muslim societies by bringing them into line with Islamic belief systems and rules. But after some experiences they were surprised when even intellectuals who had Western academic training remained deeply attached to Islam. In this book, Davutoglu develops a comparative analysis between Western and Islamic political theories and images. His argument contends that the conflicts and contrasts between Islamic and Western political thought originate from their philosophical, methodological, and theoretical background rather than mere institutional and historical differences. The questions of how and through which processes these alternative conceptions of the world affect political ideas via a set of axiological presuppositions are the crux of the book. Contents: Transliteration; Introduction; I. Theoretical Inquiries. Western Paradigm: Ontological Proximity; Islamic Paradigm: Tawhid and Ontological Differentiation; II. Political Consequences. Justification of the Socio-Political System: Cosmologico-Ontological Foundations; Legitimation of Political Authority: Epistemologico-Axiological Foundations; Power Theories and Pluralism; The Political Unit and the Universal Political System; Concluding Comparative Remarks.

This is a very useful, well-written book by a Turkish author who is obviously versed in both Islamic and Western political theory. It is to be strongly recommended, as an informative source, for those interested in comparative and multi-cultural studies.--Political Studies Review

Introductionp. 1
Theoretical Inquiriesp. 9
Western Paradigm: Ontological Proximityp. 11
Islamic Paradigm: Tawhid Ontological Differentiationp. 47
Political Consequencesp. 87
Justification of the Socio-political System: Cosmologico-ontological Foundationsp. 89
Legitimation of Political Authority: Epistemologico-axiological Foundationsp. 111
Power Theories and Pluralismp. 135
The Political Unit and the Universal Political Systemp. 165
Concluding Comparative Remarksp. 195
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780819190475
ISBN-10: 0819190470
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 28th January 1993
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 15.8  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.36