Ancient Religions, Modern Politics

Ancient Religions, Modern Politics

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Why does Islam play a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions? Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of other faiths to invoke it in their political life? If so, what is it? Ancient Religions, Modern Politics seeks to answer these questions by examining the roles of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in modern political life, placing special emphasis on the relevancea€”or irrelevancea€”of their heritages to todaya€™s social and political concerns. Michael Cook takes an in-depth, comparative look at political identity, social values, attitudes to warfare, views about the role of religion in various cultural domains, and conceptions of the polity. In all these fields he finds that the Islamic heritage offers richer resources for those engaged in current politics than either the Hindu or the Christian heritages. He uses this finding to explain the fact that, despite the existence of Hindu and Christian counterparts to some aspects of Islamism, the phenomenon as a whole is unique in the world today. The book also shows that fundamentalisma€”in the sense of a determination to return to the original sources of the religiona€”is politically more adaptive for Muslims than it is for Hindus or Christians. A sweeping comparative analysis by one of the worlda€™s leading scholars of premodern Islam, Ancient Religions, Modern Politics sheds important light on the relationship between the foundational texts of these three great religious traditions and the politics of their followers today.See also Adi-Hindus Hindustan, 93 Hindutva, 57, 85, 91, 466 Hitler, Adolf, 152, 153 Hizb al-Tahrir, 49a€”5O Hoffman, v. ... Hasan al-, 281n181 Hudaybiya, truce of, 218 Hudson, D. D., 62n43 Humanae vitae (1968 [Paul VI]), 454n42 Hunayn, battle of, ... 7111110, 19511174; Delhi as a Hindu nationalist stronghold in, 81n187; desire in for a unitary civil/ legal code for the ... R., xviin13, 445n9, 456n5O Integralist Lusitano, 149, 149n145 Integralist movement, 149a€”50, 153; calendar of, 150;anbsp;...


Title:Ancient Religions, Modern Politics
Author: Michael Cook
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2014-03-23
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