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Why Would Educated Muslims Not Want A Secular State? July 29, 2009

Posted by tkcollier in Geopolitics, Religion.
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bikini_burkhaIn the pre-modern Middle East, there was a functional separation of church and state. The ulama were legal scholars and custodians of Shariah law while the sultans exercised political authority. The sultans conceded they were not the ultimate source of law but had to live within rules established by Muslim case law. There was no democracy, but there was something resembling a rule of law.

This traditional, religiously based rule of law was destroyed in the Middle East’s transition to modernity. Replacing it, particularly in the Arab world, was untrammeled executive authority: Presidents and other dictators accepted no constraints, either legislative or judicial, on their power.

The legal scholar Noah Feldman has argued that the widespread demand for a return to Shariah in many Muslim countries does not necessarily reflect a desire to impose harsh, Taliban-style punishments and oppress women. Rather, it reflects a nostalgia for a dimly remembered historical time when Muslim rulers were not all-powerful autocrats, but respected Islamic rules of justice—Islamic rule of law.

via Francis Fukuyama: Iranian constitution democratic at heart – WSJ.com.

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1. Adnan Ahmed - April 17, 2014

islam ia very good religion which give respect to women. and other religion person used women like dogss.


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