By Ali Humayun Akhtar

What used to be the connection among govt and faith in heart jap historical past? In an international of caliphs, sultans, and judges, who exercised political and non secular authority? during this booklet, Ali Humayun Akhtar investigates debates approximately management that concerned ruling circles and students of jurisprudence and theology. on the middle of this tale is a medieval contention among 3 caliphates: the Umayyads of Cordoba, the Fatimids of Cairo, and the Abbasids of Baghdad. In a desirable revival of past due old Hellenism, Aristotelian and Platonic notions of knowledge grew to become a key section of how those caliphs debated their authority as political leaders. via tracing how those political debates impacted the theological students and their very own belief of communal advice, Akhtar bargains a brand new photograph of premodern political authority and the connections among Western and Islamic civilizations. it is going to be of use to scholars and experts of the premodern and glossy heart East.

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