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    Format: 1 Online-Ressource (xvi, 256 pages) , digital, PDF file(s).
    ISBN: 9781316855669
    Content: What was the relationship between government and religion in Middle Eastern history? In a world of caliphs, sultans, and judges, who exercised political and religious authority? In this book, Ali Humayun Akhtar investigates debates about leadership that involved ruling circles and scholars of jurisprudence and theology. At the heart of this story is a medieval rivalry between three caliphates: the Umayyads of Cordoba, the Fatimids of Cairo, and the Abbasids of Baghdad. In a fascinating revival of Late Antique Hellenism, Aristotelian and Platonic notions of wisdom became a key component of how these caliphs debated their authority as political leaders. By tracing how these political debates impacted the theological and jurisprudential scholars and their own conception of communal guidance, Akhtar offers a new picture of premodern political authority and the connections between Western and Islamic civilizations. It will be of use to students and specialists of the premodern and modern Middle East.
    Content: Introduction : Politics, Law, and Authority in the Abbasid and Fatimid Eras -- Philosophical Caliphs in Baghdad and Cairo and the Debate about falsafa -- A New Caliph in Cordoba and a Theologian's Reform of Philosophy -- Political Reform in Baghdad and its Legacy in Seville -- Sufis among Scholars in the Almoravid Era -- A Sufi Revolt in Portugal and its Platonizing Political Leadership -- Almohad Political Culture and the Patronage of Philosophy and Mysticism
    Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 17 Jul 2017)
    Additional Edition: ISBN 9781316633090
    Additional Edition: ISBN 9781107182011
    Additional Edition: ISBN 9781107182011
    Additional Edition: ISBN 9781316633090
    Additional Edition: Erscheint auch als Druck-Ausgabe Akhtar, Ali Humayun Philosophers, sufis, and caliphs Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2017 ISBN 9781107182011
    Additional Edition: Print version ISBN 9781107182011
    Language: English
    Keywords: Kalifat Córdoba ; Abbasiden 749-1258 ; Fatimiden 909-1171 ; Herrschaft ; Autorität ; Islam ; Politik ; Geschichte 749-1258 ; Herrschaft ; Ulema ; Philosophie ; Sufismus ; Geschichte 749-1258
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