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Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History

The Contemporary Islamic Governed State

A Reconceptualization

Authors: Kaminski, Joseph J.

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  • Offers a critical normative exploration of the elements that are essential when conceptualizing a modern Islamic governed state
  • Attempts to bridge the disconnect between theory and praxis when it comes to Islam and actual governance
  • Written in a way to appeal to both experts and the general reading public who are interested in new approaches to the intersection of Islam and politics
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This book offers a normative reconceptualization of a modern Islamic governed state. First, Joseph Kaminski surveys the historical context of the trajectory of Islamic thought, and offers a unique discursive framework for reconceptualizing an Islamic governed state that rejects secular Enlightenment liberalism and instead is heavily grounded in Ancient Greek ideals of politics and political leadership.  Despite heavily borrowing from Greek thought, the model offered remains firmly rooted in a Shari’ah-based, discursive ontological framework.  The volume explores topics of bureaucracy, law, democracy, women in politics, and economic justice. Further, this volume presents case studies from Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, and Malaysia, and utilizes the presented theoretical framework as a lens for analysis. 

About the authors

Joseph J. Kaminski is an Assistant Professor at the International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  His research interests are at the intersection of political theory and international relations/comparative politics with a regional focus on the Muslim world.  

Reviews

“A comprehensive summary of the discourse on Islamic political theory in relation to important Western political philosophical figures … . Kaminski’s book is a thematically wide-ranging project that engages with many fundamental legal-philosophical questions and how they can be evaluated in relation to more specific, concrete socio-political realities in many parts of the Muslim world today. … this makes it all the more valuable for readers with a more advanced understanding of the topic of Islam and its relation to politics.” (Translated from German, KISMET Online, September, 2018)
“Joseph Kaminski’s broad background in philosophy and political science allows him to approach his subject with genuine wisdom and a sense of command. Few readers, I predict, will complete this book without having gained significant new insights into the currently vital issues that are at its core.” (William L. McBride, Purdue University, USA)

“An innovative and insightful study. Kaminski seeks to rethink ‘Islamic governance’ in terms of a public ‘discourse’ attentive to Islamic history, theology and jurisprudence and to ancient Greek teachings of public virtue. Regarding Islamic democracy, the text offers case studies of Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, and Malaysia - thus deftly illustrating the potential of comparative political theorizing.” (Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame, USA, and author of The Promise of Democracy (2010) and Freedom and Solidarity (2015))

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Determining the Basis for Political Discourse for the Next Generation

    Kaminski, Joseph J.

    Pages 1-28

  • The Trajectory of the Development of Islamic Thought—A Comparison Between Two Earlier and Two Later Scholars

    Kaminski, Joseph J.

    Pages 31-70

  • The Ontological Framing of this Model of a Contemporary Islamic Governed State

    Kaminski, Joseph J.

    Pages 71-103

  • Considering Leadership and Laws in a Contemporary Islamic Governed State

    Kaminski, Joseph J.

    Pages 105-136

  • Considering Bureaucracy and Democracy in a Contemporary Islamic Governed State

    Kaminski, Joseph J.

    Pages 137-167

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57012-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57011-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Contemporary Islamic Governed State
Book Subtitle
A Reconceptualization
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57012-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57012-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57011-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 331
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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