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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

Editor-in-chief Emad El-Din Shahin, Senior Editor Peri J. Bearman, Sohail H. Hashmi, Khaled Keshk, and Associate Editor Joseph A. Kechichian

Publication Date - 21 March 2014

ISBN: 9780199739356

1452 pages
7 x 10 inches

Thematically examines the major topic areas of political science as they relate to the Muslim world: concepts, values, thought, ideologies, structures, institutions, and systems.


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics provides in-depth coverage of the political dimensions of Islam and the Muslim world. Developments in Muslim societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have highlighted the need for a major reference work focusing primarily on these dimensions. The realization of internal decay and relentless quest for reform, the collapse of the Islamic caliphate, the fall of most parts of the Muslim world under western colonialism, the emergence of nation-states, the dominance of secular ideologies, the rise of Islamic revivalist movements and faith-based political, economic, and social alternatives, the confrontation between Islamic movements and secular inspired regimes have constituted major turning points in the contemporary history of Muslim societies. At no time has the understanding of the nature and implications of these developments been needed more.

Based on the highly acclaimed 2009 publication, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics brings together over 400 new and updated entries to create a single, specialized reference source on this important topic.


  • More than 400 signed A-Z entries, by more than 200 international scholars, make this the authoritative resource on the subject.
  • Organized thematically around the major themes of political science: concepts, values, thought, ideologies, structures, institutions, and systems.
  • Covers in-depth topics that are unique to the Muslim world: basic beliefs, Muslim political history, Islam in specific geographic regions, thinkers and reformers, movements, society and economy, and international relations.

About the Author(s)

Emad El-Din Shahin is a Professor at The American University in Cairo. Shahin's research looks at the foundations for democracy and political reform within Islamic law, philosophy, and political practice. His books include Contemporary Islamic Movements in North Africa, and Through Muslim Eyes: Muhammad Rashid Rida and the West, as well as the co-edited volumes The Struggle over Democracy in the Middle East and The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics, written with John L. Esposito.


"Given this work's all-encompassing approach to political expression within Islam and the Muslim world, it makes an excellent reference for advanced high-school and undergraduate students as well as general readers with an interest in political Islam." --Booklist

Table of Contents

    List of Articles
    Series Introduction
    411 A-Z Entries
    Directory of Contributors