Mohammedanism: Lectures on Its Origin, Its Religious and Political Growth and Its Present State

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III
THE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF ISLÂM

IN the first period of Islâm, the functions of what we call Church and what we call State were exercised by the same authority. Its political development is therefore of great importance for the understanding of its religious growth.

The Prophet, when he spoke in the name of God, was the lawgiver of his community, and it was rightly understood by the later Faithful that his indispensable explanations of God's word had also legislative power. From the time of the Hijrah the nature of the case made him the ruler, the judge, and the military commander of his theocratic state. Moreover, Allah expressly demanded of the Moslims that they should obey "the Messenger of God, and those amongst them who have authority."1 We see by this expression that Mohammed

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Qorân, iv., 62.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • ANNOUNCEMENT. iii
  • Preface *
  • Contents xi
  • I - SOME POINTS CONCERNING THE ORIGIN OF ISLÂM 1
  • II - THE RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT OF ISLÂM 52
  • III - THE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OF ISLÂM 94
  • IV - ISLÂM AND MODERN THOUGHT 135
  • Index 179
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