A translation of Muhammad Rashid Rida’s best-known work, which examines the compatibility of Islamic political and legal tradition with modern thought
Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865–1935) was a prominent Muslim intellectual and reformer. Born in a village near Tripoli in present-day Lebanon, he was renowned for his founding of Al-Manar, an independent and successful Islamic magazine in which he published The Caliphate or Supreme Imamate as a series beginning in 1922. The Caliphate or Supreme Imamate showcased Rida’s faith in the Islamic tradition as the origin of notions such as self-determination and popular sovereignty, as well as his opposition to Western politics. A realist, he nevertheless argued that a revived Caliphate was viable and held the keys to Muslim empowerment and universal salvation.
This skillful translation by Simon A. Wood will make The Caliphate or Supreme Imamate accessible for the first time to English-speaking scholars and students of political theory and the modern Middle East.
Muhammad Rashid Rida (1865–1935) was a prominent Sunni Muslim scholar, publisher, and reformer. His journal, Al-Manar (The Beacon/The Lighthouse), circulated across the Muslim world. Simon A. Wood is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
“A century ago, in a moment of postwar pessimism, Rashid Rida published a confounding political treatise affirming his aspirations for the rise of Arab-Muslim power. Simon A. Wood’s long-awaited translation elucidates this crucial text, explaining how it fell between Wilsonianism and Wahhabism and enriching our understanding of Islamic politics and Arab nationalism between the world wars.”—Leor Halevi, author of Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865-1935
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