Aziz Al-Azmeh is Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin. His most recent book in English is Islams and Modernities.
POWER AND THE SACRED IN MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN, AND PAGAN POLITIES
This study outlines the main features of the theory and practice of political power in Muslim polities in the Middle Ages against the background of Near Eastern traditions of kingship, particularly Hellenistic, Persian, and Byzantine. The early Arab-Muslim polity is treated as an integral part of late Antiquity and the book explores the way in which older traditions were transposed into Islamic form and given specifically Islamic textual sanction.
Publisher: I.B.TAURIS PUBLISHERS LONDON
Subtitle: POWER AND THE SACRED IN MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN, AND PAGAN POLITIES
Author: AZIZ AL-AZMEH