Mona Hassan, Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History


Lost Caliphate
Transregional History

How to Cite

Dar, Owais Manzoor. 2020. “Mona Hassan, Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History”. Islam and Civilisational Renewal </Br> ICR Journal 11 (1):177-81.


The institution of the Islamic caliphate, the temporal succession to the Prophet Muhammad, emerged upon the latter’s death in 632, when his close companions assumed leadership of the entire Muslim community’s affairs, not merely those of a faction, tribe, or region. The unexpected disappearance of the Abbasid and Ottoman caliphates in 1258 and 1924 respectively, intensified Muslim anguish, cultural trauma, grief and sorrow. The book under review explores the reactions of Muslims to the loss of the caliphate and tries to answer two essential questions: What did Muslims imagine was lost with the disappearance of the caliphate in the 13th and 20th centuries? And how did they attempt to recapture the loss and redefine the caliphate under changing circumstances?



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