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The Caliphate and Islamic Statehood: Formation, Fragmentation and Modern Interpretations

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin and London
PublisherGerlach Books
Number of pages1110
ISBN (Print)978-3-940924-52-0
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2015

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NameCritical Surveys in Islamic Studies

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This three-volume reference work tracks the history of the Caliphate as what many Muslims believe to be a genuine and authentic Islamic political institution: From its emergence in seventh-century Arabia until highly contested and controversial attempts of its revival at the beginning of the twenty-first century by radical Islamists in Afghanistan and Iraq. No matter how grandiose such interpretations of a seemingly archaic institution may be, they show the Caliphate’s longevity as a rallying point – real or symbolic – for Muslims across the world.

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