Ancient Religions, Modern Politics Paperback

The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective

by Michael Cook;

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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 relevance--or irrelevance--of their heritages to today's social and political concerns. Michael Cook takes an in-depth, comparative look at political identity, social values, attitudes toward 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. A sweeping comparative analysis by one of the world'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.

Ancient Religions, Modern Politics by Michael Cook was published by Princeton University Press in November 2016. The ISBN for Ancient Religions, Modern Politics is 9780691173344.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (November 2016)
Number of Pages568
Thickness28 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4450517
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