Revival, reform, and reason in Islam : Alfarabi on the proper relationship between religion and politics

dc.contributor.advisorPangle, Thomas L.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPangle, Lorraine
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStauffer, Devin
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAzam, Hina
dc.creatorSiddiqi, Ahmed Ali
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-16T19:13:11Z
dc.date.available2018-10-16T19:13:11Z
dc.date.created2018-08
dc.date.issued2018-10-09
dc.date.submittedAugust 2018
dc.date.updated2018-10-16T19:13:11Z
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation applies the teachings of Alfarabi to the debate between Muslim revivalists and reformists. Reviewing selected works of Khomeini, Maududi, and Qutb, I argue that Islamist revivalism constitutes a fundamental challenge to rational political science insofar as the former demands subordinating reason to revelation. Next, through a critical analysis of several liberal Muslim theorists, I show that these leading reformists fail to vindicate the role of reason in political matters and therefore leave the Islamist challenge unmet. I subsequently turn to Alfarabi's "Book of Religion" (Kitāb al-Milla) with an emphasis on the philosopher's treatment of political science. In doing so, I find that Alfarabi is able to offer a far more compelling response than the liberals to that view of piety on which the Islamist position depends. I therefore suggest that it is Alfarabi, above all, who points modern scholars toward the necessary theoretical foundations of any successful intellectual engagement with Islamism.
dc.description.departmentGovernment
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2H708K3H
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/68927
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectIslam
dc.subjectPolitics
dc.subjectPhilosophy
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectFarabi
dc.subjectAlfarabi
dc.subjectPolitical philosophy
dc.subjectIslamism
dc.subjectLiberal Islam
dc.subjectKhomeini
dc.subjectQutb
dc.subjectMaududi
dc.subjectSardar
dc.subjectSoroush
dc.subjectAbduh
dc.subjectIqbal
dc.subjectAshmawi
dc.subjectAbd ar-Raziq
dc.subjectMuslim
dc.subjectBook of Religion
dc.subjectArabic
dc.subjectMedieval
dc.titleRevival, reform, and reason in Islam : Alfarabi on the proper relationship between religion and politics
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernment
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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