The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament

The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament

Wael B. Hallaq boldly argues that the “Islamic state,” judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both an impossible and inherently self-contradictory concept. Comparing the legal, political, moral, and constitutional histories of pre-modern Islam and Euro-America, he finds the adoption and practice of the modern state to be highly problematic for modern Muslims. He then conducts a more expansive critique of modernity’s moral predicament,… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 20, 2012)

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Parent ISBN: 9780231162579

Language: English


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