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Table of Contents
In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power

Preface to the Transaction Editionix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Corrections to the Textxvii
  Understanding Islam in Politics3
    Impediments to a Westerner's Understanding4
    This Book22
PART I THE PREMODERN LEGACY
  Islamic Sacred Law and Politics29
    Sacred Law in Three Monotheisms30
    Public Ideals in Islamic Sacred Law40
  The Medieval Synthesis48
    Non-Implementation of the Law's Public Ideals49
    Withdrawal from Power57
    Occasions for Action63
  Relations with Non-Muslims70
    Believers Ascendant70
    Disdain for West Europe76
    Christian Hostility82
      Conclusion: The Civilization of Islam89
PART II ENCOUNTERING THE WEST
  Western Armies and Civilization97
    Europe's Supremacy98
    Worldly Failure and Its Effects101
    Modernization and Westernization105
  New Attitudes toward the Sacred Law114
    Reformism: Westernizing the Sacred Law115
    Secularism: Withdrawing the Sacred Law from Politics120
    Fundamentalism: Making the Sacred Law a Political Ideology   124
  Responses to Western Political Ideologies143
    Participating in Politics144
    Defining Borders and Loyalties148
    Relations with Non-Muslim Governments156
  Muslim Anomie168
    Hostility with Europe169
    Male-Female Relations176
    Avoiding Reality182
    The Travails of Modern Islam187
      Conclusion: Muslim Ambivalence195
PART III ISLAM IN CURRENT AFFAIRS
  The Islamic Revival: A Survey of Countries203
    Dominant Majorities: The Fundamentalist Surge204
    Moieties: A Greater Drive To Rule243
    Small Minorities: Increased Autonomist Demands256
    Characteristics of the Revival278
  The Great Oil Boom281
    Setting the Stage282
    Oil and Islam: A Changed Psychology288
    Saudi and Libyan Networks297
    Iran: Disruption and Inspiration321
      Conclusion: The Revival and Future Choices331
Appendix: Muslim Populations by Country337
Glossary340
Notes342
Index363


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