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Palgrave Macmillan

Anatomy of Dissent in Islamic Societies

Ibadism, Rebellion, and Legitimacy

ISBN 9781137371607
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The 'Arab Spring' that began in 2011 has placed a spotlight on the transfer of political power in Islamic societies, reviving old questions about the place of political dissent and rebellion in Islamic civilization and raising new ones about the place of religion in modern Islamic societies.

In Anatomy of Dissent in Islamic Societies, Ahmed E. Souaiaia examines the complex historical evolution of Islamic civilization in an effort to trace the roots of the paradigms and principles of Islamic political and legal theories. This study is one of the first attempts at providing a fuller picture of the place of dissent and rebellion in Islamic civilization by interpreting Sunni and Shi`i records in the context of little-known Ibāḍī political and legal materials. As the oldest sect, Ibāḍīyyah provides a record of the ways sectarianism and dissent developed and impinged on Islamic society and thought.

Ahmed Souaiaia is Associate Professor of International Studies and Islamic Studies at University of Iowa, USA.

1. Introduction
2. Governance in Arab and Islamic Societies
3. Origins and Transformation of Ibadism
4. Islamic Law and Jurisprudence Reconsidered
5. Statelessness and Leaderlessness
6. Conclusions


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