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By Michael Cook

Why does Islam play a bigger function in modern politics than different religions? Is there anything concerning the Islamic historical past that makes Muslims much more likely than adherents of different faiths to invoke it of their political existence? if this is the case, what's it? Ancient Religions, glossy Politics seeks to reply to those questions through reading the jobs of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in sleek political lifestyles, putting distinctive emphasis at the relevance--or irrelevance--of their heritages to state-of-the-art social and political concerns.

Michael prepare dinner takes an in-depth, comparative examine political id, social values, attitudes to struggle, perspectives concerning the position of faith in a number of cultural domain names, and conceptions of the polity. In these kind of fields he reveals that the Islamic background deals richer assets for these engaged in present politics than both the Hindu or the Christian heritages. He makes use of this discovering to give an explanation for the truth that, regardless of the life of Hindu and Christian opposite numbers to a couple elements of Islamism, the phenomenon as an entire is exclusive on this planet this day. The booklet additionally exhibits that fundamentalism--in the experience of a decision to come to the unique resources of the religion--is politically extra adaptive for Muslims than it really is for Hindus or Christians.

A sweeping comparative research by means of one of many world's major students of premodern Islam, Ancient Religions, glossy Politics sheds very important gentle at the courting among the foundational texts of those 3 nice spiritual traditions and the politics in their fans today.

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End fifty one 2 • Hinduism and identification fifty three 1. advent fifty three 2. The weak point of pre-modern ethnic and Hindu id fifty four three. facets of Hindu coherence sixty one four. smooth ethnic and Hindu identification seventy one five. Rallying Hindus opposed to Muslims ninety one 6. What are the Hindu nationalists? 103 7. end one hundred twenty three • Catholicism and id in Latin the US 123 1. creation 123 2. The Virgin of Guadalupe 123 three. excessive expectancies 126 four. Low realizations 134 five. Explaining the distance one hundred forty 6. end 154 end to half One 156 half : Values advent to half 159 four • Society one hundred sixty five 1. advent one hundred sixty five 2. Islam 167 three. Hinduism 191 four. Latin American Catholicism 199 five. non secular elites 211 6. end 213 five • war 215 1. creation 215 2. Islam 218 three. Hinduism 234 four. Latin American Catholicism 241 five. end 246 6 • Divine jealousy 249 1. creation 249 2. Islam 251 three. Hinduism 282 four. Latin American Catholicism 297 five. end 307 7 • Polity 309 1. advent 309 2. Islam 309 three. Hinduism 336 four. Latin American Catholicism 344 five. end 357 end to half 361 half 3: Fundamentalism advent to half 3 371 eight • Islam and fundamentalism 377 1. creation 377 2. shape 377 three. Substance: identification 386 four. Substance: values 389 five. Fundamentalism, conservatism, and modernism 393 6. end 397 nine • Hinduism and fundamentalism 399 1. advent 399 2. shape four hundred three. Substance: identification 409 four. Substance: values 411 five. Fundamentalism, conservatism, and modernism 414 6. end 429 10 • Latin American Catholicism and fundamentalism 431 1. creation 431 2. shape 431 three. Substance 434 four. Fundamentalism, conservatism, and modernism 438 five. end 439 end to half 3 440 Afterword 443 1. in retrospect 443 2. taking a look forward 456 Appendix: “Hindu fundamentalism” and the Fundamentalism undertaking 463 Bibliography 469 Index 517 Preface an individual WHO LIVES within the early twenty-first century and follows the inside track can have spotted that historical religions play an important half in glossy politics. those religions aren't, despite the fact that, in anyway interchangeable of their political roles. most glaringly, it's not easy to overlook the truth that Islam this present day has the next political profile than any of its opponents. yet why should still that be so? Is there anything in regards to the formal or great personality of the Islamic culture that makes its invocation an enticing alternative for Muslim contributors and teams which are politically lively in a contemporary context—something that's not present in different non secular traditions? Is there a it's because possible comprehend the modern politics of India and Latin the United States completely good with no need heard of such medieval luminaries as Mādhava and Aquinas, while one can't desire to appreciate the politics of the modern Islamic international with no need heard of Ibn Taymiyya? it is a significant query concerning the international we are living in, yet my experience is that a lot of the literature at the politics of the Islamic international has a tendency both to not attend to the difficulty or to accommodate it relatively crudely.

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