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By Ovamir Anjum

This revisionist account of the historical past of Islamic political inspiration from the early to the past due medieval interval specializes in Ibn Taymiyya, probably the most outstanding theologians of his day. This unique learn demonstrates how his impression shed new gentle at the complete trajectory of Islamic political notion. even supposing he didn't reject the Caliphate perfect, as is usually believed, he however considerably redefined it via turning it right into a rational political establishment meant to serve the group (umma). via inventive reinterpretation, he deployed the Qur'anic thought of fitra (divinely endowed human nature) to centre the group of believers and its commonsense studying of revelation because the optimum epistemic authority. during this means, he subverted the elitism that had develop into ensconced in classical theological, criminal and religious doctrines, and attempted to restore the ethico-political, instead of strictly felony, measurement of Islam. In reassessing Ibn Taymiyya's paintings, this e-book marks a huge departure from conventional interpretations of medieval Islamic thought.

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