By Shahram Akbarzadeh
The Routledge instruction manual of Political Islam offers a multidisciplinary review of the phenomenon of political Islam, one of many key political events of our time. Drawing at the services from many of the best students on the planet it examines the most matters surrounding political Islam the world over, from points of Muslim integration within the West to questions of political legitimacy within the Muslim world.
Bringing jointly a world group of popular and revered specialists at the subject, the chapters within the e-book current a severe account of:
- Theoretical foundations of political Islam
- Historical historical past
- Geographical unfold of Islamist pursuits
- Political recommendations followed via Islamist teams
- Attitudes in the direction of democracy
- Relations among Muslims and the West within the overseas sphere
- Challenges of integration
- Gender kin.
Presenting readers with the range of perspectives on political Islam in a nuanced and dispassionate demeanour, this instruction manual is a necessary addition to the present literature on Islam and politics. will probably be of curiosity throughout quite a lot of disciplines, together with political technological know-how, Islamic reviews, sociology and history.
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To do this, Islam disciplines the conscience by inculcating piety and, then, entrusting it as the guardian of society. Islam makes the human conscience the protector and executor of legislation. This trust is manifested, for instance, in legal decisions which are usually dependent on the conscience of witnesses whose testimony can put someone in prison or to death. Nonetheless, Islam does not leave the conscience for itself but considers God as the monitor and witness of people’s behavior. For this reason, piety is essential in Islamic life and politics.
For this reason, Islam has ﬁxed for the poor a share provided 20 Sayyid Qutb from zakat (almsgiving) to improve their survival and livelihood (Qutb 1980a: 123, 131, 184; Rodinson 1981). Furthermore, Qutb views Islamic limits on ownership as the essential means of production that must be owned by the community. Even though Qutb encourages market economy as a means of satisfying the needs of society, he argues that when there is an emergency the state must command the economy. Obviously, Qutb wants neither to abolish private ownership nor market economy, but neither does he want to allow unlimited private ownership of means of production nor a complete command of the economy by the state.
Many Islamic jurists equate Islam with Islamic law and privilege the study and exploration of the shari’a over and above all else, thereby colonizing Islamic thought and marginalizing other ﬁelds of inquiry. This dominance of legal studies has allowed only episodic exploration of the idea of a polity in Islam. Today, all over the Muslim world there are hundreds of Islamic schools and universities that produce hundreds of thousands of Islamic legal scholars, but hardly any traditional school produces political theorists or philosophers.
Routledge Handbook of Political Islam by Shahram Akbarzadeh