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Ghazali's Politics in Context by Yazeed Said

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3 Politics and Natural Law

Introductory remarks

In the previous chapter we first aimed to show, in the context of reading different scholars of Ghazālī and the law, how religious and theological explanations remain important for reading history, and for discerning the intricacies of Ghazālī’s political and legal ideas. According to some, considering theological arguments is an outdated affair. Theological argument is overlooked due to the complex modern inability to read texts unselfconsciously, as our discussion of Orientalism suggests. At the same time, the questions among scholars about political and legal authority in medieval Islam have arisen in different ways, and were given different answers. There is the Weberian tendency to speak of ...

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