Interpretations in Islamic Political Thought: Preliminary Questions and Other Considerations


  • Laith Al-Saud Harold Washington College



Islamic political theory, Muslim doctrine and institutions


This paper offers an analysis of many of the presuppositions in interpretations of Islamic political thought. After an initial investigation of some general issues several methodological alternatives will be offered. First and foremost, a general methodology borrowed by Quentin Skinner regarding ‘intentions’ will be employed for our purposes here. Secondly, to supplement Skinner's methods, a method of preliminary questions is offered by which to address Muslim theorists' bodies of works and compel comparative theorists to be more grounded in the overall logic of a particular theorist's worldview.

Author Biography

Laith Al-Saud, Harold Washington College

Department of Social Sciences Harold Washing College 30 East Lake Street Chicago, IL USA 60601


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How to Cite

Al-Saud, L. (2007). Interpretations in Islamic Political Thought: Preliminary Questions and Other Considerations. Comparative Islamic Studies, 1(1), 69–92.