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By Michael Cook

Why does Islam play a bigger position in modern politics than different religions? Is there whatever concerning the Islamic history that makes Muslims much more likely than adherents of different faiths to invoke it of their political lifestyles? if this is the case, what's it? Ancient Religions, smooth Politics seeks to reply to those questions via analyzing the jobs of Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity in smooth political lifestyles, putting specified emphasis at the relevance—or irrelevance—of their heritages to modern-day social and political concerns.

Michael cook dinner takes an in-depth, comparative examine political id, social values, attitudes to conflict, perspectives concerning the position of faith in quite a few cultural domain names, and conceptions of the polity. In these kind of fields he reveals that the Islamic history bargains richer assets for these engaged in present politics than both the Hindu or the Christian heritages. He makes use of this discovering to provide an explanation for the truth that, regardless of the lifestyles of Hindu and Christian opposite numbers to a few features of Islamism, the phenomenon as a complete is exclusive on the planet at the present time. The e-book additionally exhibits that fundamentalism—in the experience of a selection to come to the unique assets of the religion—is politically extra adaptive for Muslims than it really is for Hindus or Christians.

A sweeping comparative research via one of many world's prime students of premodern Islam, Ancient Religions, smooth Politics sheds very important gentle at the dating among the foundational texts of those 3 nice non secular traditions and the politics in their fans today.

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