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Tawāzun al-Suluṭāt, Faṣl al-Suluṭāt
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(a.), two terms of modern Arabic political terminology meaning respectively “the balance of powers” and “the separation of powers”. For concepts of authority or government in the premodern Islamic world, see salṭana and sulṭan . Amongst many other terms with the connotations of power and authority, the word s̲h̲awka has the particular one of physical, coercive power, irrespective of any legitimacy.

The ideas of the Enlightenment and the main principles of modern democracy were transmitted to the Middle East mainly by the translations and accounts of European political …

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Badry, Roswitha, “Tawāzun al-Suluṭāt, Faṣl al-Suluṭāt”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7449>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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