By Michael Cook
Why does Islam play a bigger position 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 lifestyles? if this is the case, what's it? historical Religions, glossy Politics seeks to respond to those questions by means of studying the jobs of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in glossy political lifestyles, putting particular emphasis at the relevance—or irrelevance—of their heritages to today’s social and political concerns.
Michael prepare dinner takes an in-depth, comparative examine political id, social values, attitudes to conflict, perspectives concerning the position of faith in quite a few cultural domain names, and conceptions of the polity. In these kind of fields he unearths that the Islamic historical past bargains 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 an entire is exclusive on the planet this present day. The booklet additionally indicates that fundamentalism—in the experience of a selection to come back to the unique assets of the religion—is politically extra adaptive for Muslims than it's for Hindus or Christians.
A sweeping comparative research by way of one of many world’s best students of premodern Islam, old Religions, sleek Politics sheds vital gentle at the courting among the foundational texts of those 3 nice non secular traditions and the politics in their fans this day.
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