This paper tackles the relationship between Islam and the state in light of the ongoing revolutions. It focuses on two perspectives: the Islamists' claim that the Shari'a and not the umma (community) are the source of legitimacy in the evolving regimes; and that it is the duty of the state to protect religion and apply the Shari'a. The main disadvantage of these propositions is that they preclude the Umma both from political power and Shari'a, thus pitting it against these two assets which become manipulated to its disadvantage by those holding power. On the other hand, an open-minded and reformist Islamic perspective believes in people regaining the prerogative to rule themselves, guided by their intellect and the public good. The main call for the Arab uprisings is to quit political Islam, which seems to be the major threat to religion, and dangerously divisive for societies.
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Research Article| July 01 2013
State and religion in a revolutionary era: perspectives and demands of the Islamic awakening†
Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (3): 325–340.
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Ridwan Al-Sayyid; State and religion in a revolutionary era: perspectives and demands of the Islamic awakening. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 July 2013; 6 (3): 325–340. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2013.799732
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