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Islam in a World of Nation-States - James P. Piscatori

Islam in a World of Nation-States

Paperback

Published: 5th January 1987
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Based on a reading of classical Islamic literature and the writings of modem Muslims and on extensive travel and interviews, this book discusses ways in which Muslim peoples adapt themselves to a world composed of sovereign nation-states, having peaceful and equal relations with both non-Muslim states and collectivities of other Muslims. The classical and medieval legal theory of Islam appears to place two obstacles in the way of such adaptations; it divides the world into two areas, Muslim and non-Muslim, between which relations can at best be those of truce; and it demands that the life of societies should be regulated by the will of God as revealed in the Qu'ran, not by the will of rulers or of the people. Dr Piscatori shows that the traditional theory provides for some degree of territorial pluralism, which has been clearly reflected in the historical experience whereby stable nation-states have emerged and become part of the international order.

List of illustrations
Preface
Interpreting Islam in the modern world
The nature of the Islamic revival
The theory and practice of territorial pluralism
The modern intellectual consensus on the nation-state
Nonconformist thinking on the nation-state
Development and the Muslim nation-state
Conclusion
Chronology of the Muslim world
Glossary
Notes
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521338677
ISBN-10: 0521338670
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 5th January 1987
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27