"After Christianity, Islam is the most widespread religion in the world, claiming some eight hundred million believers. Six hundred years younger than Christianity, it is still growing. but Islam is more than just a religion. it is a vision of human society which inspires men and women to political action, and a set of institutions which embraces the entire social and cultural framework of life as traditionally lived in many parts of the world.
it is hardly surprising, therefore, that political aims and conflict in Muslim countries are often expressed in Islamic terms, making them difficult for Westerners to understand. In Faith and Power Edward Mortimer attempts to decode the Islamic vocabulary and to explain "the politics of Islam" in intelligible terms. He rejects the notion of Islam as an absurd entity with a will of its own, assuming instead that the "actors in politics are not abstract forces but human beings." To discover how and why Muslims see political problems differently he analyses the political experience of past generations of Muslims, as it has been transmitted to the present generation, and surveys in detail political interpretations of Islam proposed and acted upon by Muslims in this century in six different societies; Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the lands dominated by Arab nationalism, Iran, and the Soviet Union. He concludes that Islam is a political culture, providing the form and vocabulary of political action but not determining its content.
Edward Mortimer us a foreign specialist and leader-writer in the staff of The Times, and since 1973 has concentrated on Middle Eastern politics. While writing Faith and Power he was Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New York."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear.