State, Religion and Sects in Islam
Saqi Essentials 2006
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.