- Series: Religion and Global Politics
- Hardcover: 248 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 13, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195144260
- ISBN-13: 978-0195144260
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,592,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (Religion and Global Politics) 1st Edition
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"Islamic Leviathan transcends the usual discussions of political Islam and transforms our understanding of relations between religion and state. Adeptly balancing sophisticated political theory and effective historical analysis in case studies of Malaysia and Pakistan, Nasr has produced a
compelling reinterpretation of the centrality of religious politics to state power. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to move beyond the common cliches to a deeper understanding of contemporary religious politics in the Muslim world and beyond."--John O. Voll, Center for
Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
"With superb analytic ability Nasr establishes mastery over his subject matter in his new book, Islamic Leviathan. In this remarkable social scientific inquiry into the relationship between religion and state formation in secular postcolonial states of Pakistan and Malaysia, he challenges the
prevailing assumption by discussing the historical involvement between religion (here, Islam) and the state formation. His thesis throws into doubt the cherished supposition that Islam is against or is incompatible with secularism and modernization. Indeed these states' appropriation of Islamic
ideology has enabled them to pursue policies that have enhanced such processes. Seldom has one seen a young scholar so prolific and yet so well informed and thorough."--Shahla Haeri, Department of Anthropology, Boston University
"Nasr explores in depth two particular developments of Islamism, one in Pakistan and one in Malaysia. Both are fascinating studies of how modern states can make varying uses of the exact same religion to achieve political goals."--About.com
About the Author
Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr is at University of San Diego.
Top customer reviews
I recommend it because it provides two reasoned case studies on how two different states, Malaysia and Pakistan, used the intensity of Islam to legitimize their governments and states.
In the end, both had to control their fanatics.
Well documented, with good notes and bibliography, this book is the first in a new series from Oxford on Religion and Global Politics. It is a very fine first start, and in the aftermath of 9-11, I would suggest to the editors of the series that they dramatically accelerate their other endeavors--at least three more books are needed on Islam in relation to state politics, in relation to political economy, and in relation to neighborhood or ethnic politics; and several others on the relationship of Judaism and Catholicism and Mormonism to state structures. A special emphasis on religious education and how this affects political perceptions would be helpful.
This is a thoughtful book and one that should be part of the broader reading on Islam and global politics.