Rulership and Justice: The Islamic Period

Contributed By: Connor Seidenschwarz
Language of Presentation: English
Media Format: Downloadable File, Image/Photo, Webpage
School Level: Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Author: John Woods and Alexander Barna
Collection: Teaching the Middle East
Condition of Use: Custom Permissions

This module provides essays and lesson plans for teachers who want to explore the path of political power and authority from 610 CE, the classical period of Islamic civilization, until the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in the early years of the twentieth century. It includes the following essays:

“Muhammad and the First Muslim Ummah: The Beginning of a New Society and Culture”

“The Death of the Prophet and the First Elaboration of the Sunnī-Jamā‘ī Imamate”

“The Shī‘ī Political Vision”

“Structure of the First Sunnī-Jamā‘ī Imamate (632-661 CE)”

“The Qur’an and Sovereignty”

“Advice on Leadership from the Hadīth”

“Medieval Commentaries on Sovereignty and Government”

“Islam Represents a Monolithic Religion and Culture”

“In Islam There is No Separation of State and Religion”

“Oriental Despotism”


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