Perhaps no other neologism has been more influential within Islamic thought in the 20th century than hakimiyya, a term which denotes God’s absolute sovereignty. This concept, compelling in its simple logic, leads us to the heart of all Islamist thought on religion and state. Where hakimiyya manifests itself, there is no room for alternative forms of government. My latest contribution in the Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Islamisch-Theologische Studien sketches the emergence of hakimiyya and demonstrates how radically it differs from premodern Muslim conceptions of sovereignty.

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