A History of Social Justice and Political Power in the Middle East

A History of Social Justice and Political Power in the Middle East

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From ancient Mesopotamia into the 20th century, qthe Circle of Justiceq as a concept has pervaded Middle Eastern political thought and underpinned the exercise of power in the Middle East. The Circle of Justice depicts graphically how a governmenta€™s justice toward the population generates political power, military strength, prosperity, and good administration. This book traces this set of relationships from its earliest appearance in the political writings of the Sumerians through four millennia of Middle Eastern culture. It explores how people conceptualized and acted upon this powerful insight, how they portrayed it in symbol, painting, and story, and how they transmitted it from one regime to the next. Moving towards the modern day, the author shows how, although the Circle of Justice was largely dropped from political discourse, it did not disappear from peoplea€™s political culture and expectations of government. The book demonstrates the Circlea€™s relevance to the Iranian Revolution and the rise of Islamist movements all over the Middle East, and suggests how the concept remains relevant in an age of capitalism. A qmust readq for students, policymakers, and ordinary citizens, this book will be an important contribution to the areas of political history, political theory, Middle East studies and Orientalism.See Manz, a€œMongol History, a€ 143a€“46; CHIr, 6: 136; M. Haider, a€œThe Sovereign in the Timurid State (XIVtha€“XVth ... 51; see B. Oa#39;Kane, Timurid Architecture in Khurasan, N.p.: MazdAc/Undena, 1987, 7; CHI, 6:130; Lentz and Lowry, Timur, ... a€œ A Medieval Persian Agricultural Manual in Context: the Irsha-d al-Zira-a#39;a in late Timurid and early Safavid Khorasan, a€ StIr 22, 1993: 201a€“4. M. E. Subtelny, a€œA Late Medieval Persian Summa on Ethics: Kashifia#39;s Akhla-q-i Muh.sinAp - , a€ IranS 36 , 2003: 607.

Title:A History of Social Justice and Political Power in the Middle East
Author:Linda T. Darling
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-05-02


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