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Ancient Religions, Modern Politics

The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective

Michael Cook

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Princeton University Pres
13 February 2017
Why does Islam play a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions? Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of other faiths to invoke it in their political life? If so, what is it? Ancient Religions, Modern Politics seeks to answer these questions by examining the roles of Islam, Hind
By:   Michael Cook
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   765g
ISBN:   9780691173344
ISBN 10:   0691173346
Pages:   568
Publication Date:   13 February 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Cook is professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought and A Brief History of the Human Race, among other books.

Reviews for Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective

This impressive book offers a new approach to answering an old question: why did Islam develop a political profile which paved the way to a 'pull of Islamism,' even turning into militant sectarian conflicts? . . . Cook's highly stimulating and knowledgeable reading of Muslims' use of tradition and his answer to the old question will certainly prompt a new discussion about the genealogy of political Islam. --Reinhard Schulze, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies Profoundly erudite, written with exceptional clarity, and laced with mordant wit. --Ellis Goldberg, Journal of Church and State Enlightening. --Islamic Quarterly This is an impressive work that asks difficult questions and is not afraid to answer them. Cook's sources are extensive and delve deeply into each religious tradition. . . . He skillfully weaves together thinkers from the earliest form of the faith to contemporary schools of though. Readers will be . . . challenged to think critically about the important questions he raises. --Theodore A. Nitz, Fides et Historia Certainly, rich in its use of sources and convincing in its arguments, this book should be widely read and would be very influential. --Maurice Borrmans, Islamochristiana A scholarly tour de force by one of the world's pre-eminent historians of Islam. --William McCants, WallStreetJournal.com In many ways, this work is a culmination of a life dedicated to scholarly research and writing. Ancient Religions, Modern Politics has depth that is uncommon, is presented in a readable format that makes it accessible to non-experts and is recognised for its academic rigor by specialists. . . . Cook presents a text that is accessible for the undergraduate level while at the same time challenging and a useful resource for the graduate level. --Taylor & Francis Online [Cook] presents a panoramic and nuanced overview of political Islam with regard to identity, social values and culture over time. --Sundeep Khanna, Mint Ancient Religions, Modern Politics . . . addresses a vital present-day issue on which many have offered opinions, all unsupported by the historical scholarship that he has been able to apply . . . impregnable scholarship . . . towering work. --Jonathan Benthall, Times Literary Supplement Michael Cook, Winner of the 2014 Holberg Prize


  • Winner of Holberg Prize 2014

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