Can we affirm that a political theology exists in Islam? This apparently simple question is the core of Massimo Capanini and Marco Di Donato's edited collection of essays. Considering the wide range of meanings of political theology this book contains essays written by different authors having their own, specific, and specialized, point of view on the topics, from Shia and Sunni political thought, to Islamic classic philosophy, and philosophers until arriving at contemporary Muslim thinkers.
Massimo Campanini was professor of Islamic History at Trento University.
Marco Di Donato is postdoctoral researcher in political thinking and political communication at the University of Genova.
Alfarabi’s Political Theology in The Virtuous City
Catarina Belo, The American University in Cairo
Ibn Al-Tiqtaqa’s End of History: The Just Ruler According to an Imami Shiite after the Fall of Baghdad
Leonardo Capezzone, Sapienza – University of Rome
Political Theology of Violence: Religion and Revolution in a few Contemporary Islamic Thinkers
Massimo Campanini, Ambrosiana Academy, Milan
Art and Political Context in Islam: Some Methodological Issues
Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
Muhammad Abduh and the Doctrine of Tawhid: From Theology to Politics
Margherita Picchi, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII, Palermo
The Shiite Islamic Theology: The Debate Between Ruhollah Khomeini and Medhi Bazargan
Pejman Abdolmohammadi, University of Trento
Critique of Islamic Political Thought in the Middle Ages: Revisiting Abdessalam Yassine’s Political Theory
Driss Makboul, CRMEF, Meknes and Mohamed Elghazi, IbnZohr University, Agadir
The Political Theology of Taha Abderrahmane: Religion, Secularism, and Trusteeship
Mohammed Hashas, LUISS University of Rome
Rethinking Political Theology in the Islamic Context: The Case of Iran
Ahmad Bostani, Kharazmi University, Tehran
Political Theology in the 19th-21st Centuries
Josep Puig Montada, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Islamic thought has long debated questions of justice, governance, virtue, power, and sovereignty, both human and divine. Despite this rich legacy, the burgeoning field of political theology has yet to engage in sufficient depth with Muslim thinkers or Islamic categories. This edited volume offers a much needed intervention, showing both how Muslim thinkers from the classical periods to the modern day offer vital insights for the study of political theology and also how the methods of political theology aid our understanding of Islamic political thought.
The relationship between Islam and politics and the complexity of approaches by Muslim thinkers throughout the centuries are the subject of this collections of essays. The editors and the authors of the chapters as a whole succeed in demonstrating the substantial character of a praxis-oriented thought in Muslim/Islamic tradition and, participating in a ongoing debate, demonstrate how political theology is not simply a matter of theory, but a prism through which to interpret Islamic society and history.