Chapter 6: The integration of “religion” and political thought (500–1000)
The impact of what later became called “religion” demonstrate the extent of their political impact during this period. Jainism in India is a minority belief system but reflects the mainstream political ideas of Indian civilization of the time as is clear in the work of Somadeva and Hemachandra. Buddhism becomes the hegemonic system of political thought throughout East Asian through politically influential texts such as the Golden Light and Flower Garland S_tras. Early Islam extends the political thought of the classical world of Rome through the genius of Alfarabi at the time of the death of political thought in “dark age” Europe. What we call “religion” become the main focus of political thought.
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