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Political Philosophy and Political thought in the Medieval Arabic–Islamic Tradition of the Middle East

Political philosophy and political thought in the medieval Arabic–Islamic tradition of the Middle East


The following exposition explores the distinctiveness of political philosophy. It differs from political thought on the one hand and political theology on the other insofar as it seeks to replace opinion about political affairs by knowledge. For sound rhetorical reasons, it may adopt and adapt the speech and images that dominate in the political or religious sphere. Even so, it remains as independent of religion as it does of any current political regime. Political philosophy in the medieval Arabic–Islamic tradition of the Middle East differs from that in the medieval Arabic–Jewish or Arabic–Christian traditions in that it is ...

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