The debates on Islam and Modernity clearly include in their analysis notions of the State. Abdelillah Belkeziz here charts the development of the concept of the state (al-dawlah) in Islamic discourse over the last two centuries. The result is a tour de force survey of the most influential Muslim thinkers of the modern era, which encompasses three successive waves: the modernist trends of the early and later reformers like Sayyed Jamal Eddin Al-Afghani- the dogmatism of ideologues like Hasan Al-Bana- and the rhetoric of revivalists like the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Through this analysis, Belkeziz argues that modern Islamic political thought succeeded in producing ideologies, but ultimately failed to produce a unified theory of state. This work is an essential encyclopedic resource for all scholars and researchers of Political Islam and will become a standard work in the field._x000D_