Imams and Emirs

    Imams and Emirs

    State, Religion and Sects in Islam

    Fuad I Khuri

    Saqi Essentials 2006

    Paperback 270pp

    9780863564260   Product Code: 24125

    This comprehensive survey of sects in the Arab world argues that conflict among Muslims arises from the struggle between religious authorities (imams) and political leaders (emirs). It examines a wide range of groups, including Sunnis, Shias, Alawis, Druze and Yazidis, to explore the contradictions between modern state structures and the Islamic community, or 'umma'. In demonstrating how religious concepts can take on nationalistic meanings, this classic study remains as relevant today as when it was first published in 1990.

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