Legitimacy and political organisation: caliphs, kings and regimes

  title={Legitimacy and political organisation: caliphs, kings and regimes},
  author={Said Amir Arjomand},
Although the Qurʾān frequently enjoins obedience to God and His Prophet, in verses generally recognised as belonging to the period of Medina, and formulates a powerful concept, jihād , for the revolutionary struggle against the Meccan oligarchy to establish Islam, it says nothing about the form of government under the Prophet or after his death. There is, however, an implicit model of dynastic rule in the house of the earlier prophets who were also explicitly designated as kings, most notably… 
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