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Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought : Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization - Louise Marlow

Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Islamic Thought

Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1997
ISBN: 9780521564304
Number Of Pages: 216

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By examining a wide range of Arabic and Persian literature from the eighth to the thirteenth century, Louise Marlow shows the tension that existed between the traditional egalitarian ideal of early Islam, and the hierarchical impulses of the classical period. The literature demonstrates that while Islam's initial orientation was markedly egalitarian, the social aspect of this egalitarianism was soon undermined in the aftermath of Islam's political success, and as hierarchical social ideas from older cultures in the Middle East were incorporated into the new polity. Although the memory of its early promise never entirely receded, social egalitarianism quickly came to be associated with political subversion. On account of its originality and chronological scope, Louise Marlow's book will be of use to a wide readership of Islamic historians and of scholars assessing the impact of the modern Islamic revival.

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'The range of texts and secondary literature used is very impressive.' G. R. Hawting, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

Sources for Islamic social ideals
Egalitarianism and the growth of a pious opposition
The Muslim reception of Greek ideas
The Muslim reception of Iranian social models
The Taming Of Islamic Egalitarianism
The disassociation of egalitarianism and opposition
The didactic literature of the courts
Rationalisations of inequalities
Hierarchies of occupations
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ISBN: 9780521564304
ISBN-10: 0521564301
Series: Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 28th January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.49