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Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century IranVolume I: The Nasihat al-muluk of Pseudo-Mawardi: Contexts and Themes$
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L. Marlow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696901

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696901.001.0001

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The Religious Sensibility of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk

The Religious Sensibility of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk

(p.228) 8 The Religious Sensibility of Naṣīḥat al-mulūk
Counsel for Kings: Wisdom and Politics in Tenth-Century Iran

L. Marlow

Edinburgh University Press

The concluding chapter to this volume explores the evidence in Naṣīḥat al-mulūk for Pseudo-Māwardī’s religious-intellectual orientation. It discusses his emphasis on the themes of (1) ethical responsibility, expressed in part in observance of the divine law; (2) the indispensable nature of rationality in the pursuit of religious understanding; and (3) an austere way of living in the world, with an abiding sense of its transience and relativity. The chapter situates the mirror Naṣīḥat al-mulūk in the context of a milieu in which philo-ʿAlidism, the intellectual orientations of the Ḥanafiyya and the Muʿtazila, and practices of renunciation featured prominently.

Keywords:   attachment to ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib (philo-ʿAlidism), rationality, Ḥanafiyya, Muʿtazila, renunciation

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