The History of Islamic Political Thought offers a full description and an interpretation of political philosophy from early Islam to the current age of Fundamentalism (622 AD to 2000 AD). Antony Black takes the same approach as scholars usually do for the history of Western political thought, examining the mentality, cultural milieu, and political background of thinkers and statesmen. He covers the relationship of politics to religion, law, ethics, philosophy, and statecraft, as expressed through treatises, occasional writings, official rhetoric, popular slogans, and other evidence of how people thought about authority and order.
"A comprehensive look at Islamic political thought focuses on the origins, connections, meanings, & importance of thinkers, ideas, & political cultures from early Islam to the age of Fundamentalism...This volume fills that void & it is hoped that this knowledge will prompt readers to view the thinking of their own culture in a more historical & relative light." -- J. Lindroth, Sociological Abstracts