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|By: Asad, Muhammad|
Format: Softcover | 111 pp
Publisher: Islamic Book Trust, 2001
Topic: Political - Islam
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This book by Muhammad Asad is an attempt to keep the discussion of an Islamic state alive.
Although the Muslims are for the most part imbued with enthusiasm for the idea of a truly Islamic state - that is, a state based not on the concepts of nationality and race but solely on the ideology Of the Qur'an and Sunnah, they had a yet no concrete vision of the method of government and of this institutions which would give the state a distinctly Islamic character and would , at the same time , fully correspond to the exigencies of the present age. The very fact that none of the existing Muslim countries Has so far achieved a form of government that could be termed genuinly Islamic, makes a discussion of the principle which ought to underlie the constitution of Islamic state imperative.Muhammad Asad, born Leopard Weiss in the Polish city of Lvov in 1900, was the grandson of an orthodox Rabbi. By this early twenties he could write and read German, French and Polish languages. He took to journalism and traveled the Middle East as the correspondent of "Frankfurter Zeitung" of Germany. After his conversion to Islam, he again traveled and worked throughout the Muslim world, including Arabia, Iran, Jordan, North Africa and Pakistan, In 1953 he was appointed as Pakistan's plenipotentiary to the United Nations. He moved to Morocco where he completed his magnum opus, the "Message of the Qur'an." He later settled in Lisbon where he died on 20th February 1992.Asad's other works include "Islam at the Crossroads", "Road to Mecca", "Principles of State and Government in Islam", and "Sahih Bukhari: Early Years of Islam."
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