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Ibn Taymiyya: Muslims Under Non-Muslim Rule

Ibn Taymiyya: Muslims Under Non-Muslim Rule

Interface Publications
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This book should be required reading for teachers and students of the overlaps between religion, politics, identity, and culture in Political Science, Religious Studies/Theology, the Middle East/ Islamic Studies, International Relations, Counter-Terrorism.
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Modern Islamist ideologues often appeal to the authority of Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) -- according to the Militant Ideology Atlas more than twice as often as to Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab (of ‘Wahhabism’ fame). Many Western specialists also paint him as the godfather of uncompromising violent jihadism. In this book Michot overturns this conventional picture of Ibn Taymiyya. 

He presents close, careful translation of four fatwas by Ibn Taymiyya on how Muslims should respond when they come under non-Muslim rule: should they fight or quit such rule; if they should adjust to it, how and how far? 

Next, Michot translates passages from six modern authors reflecting on the same question, and referring to Ibn Taymiyya. Readers can judge for themselves how far modern militancy departs from the orthodox Islamic attitudes exemplified by Ibn Taymiyya. A detailed chronology of the life of this activist theologian shows that he practised what he preached. 

The Foreword by James Piscatori draws out the political implications of this stunning correction of the image of Ibn Taymiyya. It means that Islamic political activism need not be unintelligible, and response to it therefore needs to be more intelligent and nuanced than it usually is.

This book should be required reading for teachers and students of the overlaps between religion, politics, identity and culture in Political Science, Religious Studies/Theology, Middle East/ Islamic Studies, International Relations, Counter-Terrorism.

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EAN 13 / ISBN 9780955454561
Author Ibn Taymiyya
Publisher Interface Publications
Translator Yahya Michot
Pages 208
Manufacturer Interface Publications
Year Published 2006
Weight 0.8 lb
Width 5.4 in
Height 8.2 in
Depth 0.6 in

EAN 13 / ISBN 9780955454561
Author Ibn Taymiyya
Publisher Interface Publications
Translator Yahya Michot
Pages 208
Manufacturer Interface Publications
Year Published 2006
Weight 0.8 lb
Width 5.4 in
Height 8.2 in
Depth 0.6 in

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