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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849042519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849042512
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Reza Pankhurst provides a unique and probing examination of modern thinking on the caliphate. ... This detailed analysis of the ways in which the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and al-Qaeda as well as smaller groups reformulate and use the concept today is both judicious and informed. It provides the most reliable guide avail- able to an idea and political symbol that holds attraction for many Sunni Muslims while inciting anxiety, even fear, among others, including many non-Muslims and Shi'a. ' ----Professor James Piscatori, Durham University

'Over the course of the past decade, interest in the institution of the Caliphate has been revived among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to an extent not seen since the tumultuous 1920s. But until now, no scholar has tried to examine systematically how the Caliphate has actually animated and inspired Islamic intellectuals and activists, or how alternative conceptions of the Caliphate have been formulated and fought over. Against this backdrop, Reza Pankhurst's new book provides a carefully crafted and well documented treatment of the diverse ways in which the Caliphate has figured in the global politics of Islam over the past ninety years. Scholars and other readers interested in the possibilities for a truly transnational Islamic ummah should make sure to read this very illuminating and instructive book.' ----John T. Sidel, Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

'Reza Pankhurst s deftly argued, thought-provoking book addresses the significant yet neglected topic of the Islamic Caliphate, focusing on the attempts of Muslim thinkers and activists to resuscitate the institution following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the 1920s. What stands out is the author s ability to situate the contributions of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Al-Qaeda, and other advocates of the Caliphate within the context of normative Islam, rather than weigh them against the yardstick of liberal democracy. This important book, which examines the Caliphate on its own terms, will challenge the way scholars and other observers of political Islam conceive their subject.' --John Calvert, Associate Professor of History, Creighton University and author of Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism

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REZA PAKHURST is a political scientist and historian, specialising in the Middle East and Islamic movements. He has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, where he previously completed his Masters degree in the History of International Relations.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mannsad Ana on 14 Feb. 2015
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Refreshing and erudite scholarship.

Given that the Caliphate has entered into the lexicon of popular media and modern history, I had a great deal of curiosity about the subject.
My initial presumption was that this book would be covering a political commentary on why the Caliphate would be 'inevitable'; maybe I've missed something obvious, but it isn't. It is though, a detailed account and history of the key Islamic movements that purport or claim to be working towards the Caliphate. What is entirely refreshing about Pankhurst’s book is that it objectively analyses each movement from their own source literature with the frame of reference being normative Islam. This is something likely to be alien to the reader, as narratives about the Caliphate - where the frame of reference is liberal democracy - are now so deeply ingrained into our minds, that any model of Islamic governance is heuristically and automatically measured not against normative Islam but against liberal democracy. It's like the idiom that compares apples to oranges, the units do not add up and you should not fault one for not being like the other.

For the reader, the book is broadly broken down into six sections. The introduction introduce the reader to the very discussion about framing and how to interpret ideas The book then has separate chapters covering the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut Tahrir and al-Qaeda. It also covers the lesser known movements such as Tehreek-e-Khilafat, the Murabitun and Jama’ah-tul-Muslimeen . And ends with a concluding chapter covering a discussion of common goals and divergent methodologies between all the movements.

The book is academic in nature, in so though, it is at least objective.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Momar on 22 Jun. 2013
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This is a well written and useful book for anyone seeking a genuine understanding of the modern story of the caliphate and its place is contemporary political discourse. Accessible to muslim and non-muslim alike.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MR MI HAMEED on 14 May 2014
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very informative and an excellent insightful read. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to everyone who wants to read into the Islamic political system.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HawkEye on 2 Aug. 2014
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This book is a breath of fresh air in explaining the struggle for the Khilafah for the past 90+ years. Very well researched and easy to read and follow
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read - A Major Contribution to the Study of Islamic Politics. 3 Aug. 2013
By Ali Harfouch - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must read for any analyst, student, or professor of Middle Eastern Studies and/or Islamic studies. It provides a coherent overview of the various discourses regarding the Caliphate and the concept of 'State' in Islam. But most importantly it does so without retorting to a "liberal yardstick" as the author put it and avoids the debilitating analytical categories ("Extremist/Fundamentalist v. "Traditionalist" v. "Modernist"). This provides readers with a radically more appropriate analytical framework which goes beyond Modern and Post-Modern assumptions. Dr. Reza Pankhurst draws out the general blueprint for this normative-framework, which is without doubt a major contribution to the academic study of Islam and "Political Islam".

Through this normative-framework, Dr. Pankhurst examines the concept of State and the Caliphate in the discourse of:

The Muslim Brotherhood
Hizb ut-Tahrir
Al-Qaeda
Tanzeem al-Islami
Jama'atul Muslimeen
And al-Murabitun

In doing so he provides insight into the method-of-thinking and the conceptual frameworks employed by these movements as opposed to arbitrarily putting them into pre-constructed Euro-centric labels. More so, by providing us with insight into the method-of-thinking and the conceptual frameworks employed by these movements the author gives us the tools needed to contextualize and of course analyze the policies of these movements.

Lastly, it is quite a relief that there is finally a reference that I can point to when asked for a book on "Political Islam" or "Islamic Politics". A reference which is both objective and enlightening.
Five Stars 8 April 2015
By roshan enam - Published on Amazon.com
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the case of caliphate is put forward on very strong & valid evidences, kind of must read book.
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