By Michael Cook
Why does Islam play a bigger function in modern politics than different religions? Is there whatever in regards to the Islamic history 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 by way of studying the jobs of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in sleek political lifestyles, putting precise emphasis at the relevance—or irrelevance—of their heritages to brand new social and political concerns.
Michael cook dinner takes an in-depth, comparative examine political id, social values, attitudes to struggle, perspectives concerning the position of faith in quite a few cultural domain names, and conceptions of the polity. In these kinds 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 points of Islamism, the phenomenon as a complete is exclusive on the planet this present day. The ebook additionally indicates that fundamentalism—in the feel of a decision to come to the unique assets 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 best students of premodern Islam, Ancient Religions, smooth Politics sheds vital mild at the dating among the foundational texts of those 3 nice spiritual traditions and the politics in their fans today.
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Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective by Michael Cook