Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Post-Islamism

Ali Eteraz opined on Guardian The future of Islamic reform lies with post-Islamism - a recognition that politics rather than religion provides for welfare in this life.
Actually neither politics or religion is the answer for this life. Politics is a better solution than violence to making decisions, but it is not an end in itself. The way to improve your position in this life is through personal initiative, And religion is not a way to improve your position in this like, it is to prepare you for the next life.
There is universal consensus that Muslim dictatorships, supported by the west, are the root of evil.
A root, not the root.
They destroy political culture, kill extra-judicially and their repression foments violence.

The primary opponents of these dictators are the populist Islamists. They want to vote; except after voting they want to appoint an extra-constitutional body of clerics to strike down legislation they do not approve of.
What they do not realize is that the clerics will impose an even worse dictatorship on them. Witness life under the Taliban.
Faced with only these two options - dictators or elected theocrats
Why are these the only two options.
- in Muslim majority countries, the usual reaction by westerners is to throw their hands up in frustration and opt for apathy or give into a militaristic pessimism. These are both uninformed reactions. They fail to take into account the future of Islamic reform, which lies with the emergence of a post-Islamist political order in the Muslim majority world.

Post-Islamism is at hand because a new crop of Muslims have figured out how to reconcile liberal democracy with Islam. Upon doing so, they give up on creating religious organisations devoted to "da'wa" (Islamic evangelism) and move towards becoming organised as civil-political parties with platforms based on equality and pluralism. Incidentally, part of the credit for the popularity of post-Islamism goes to the theocratic Islamists. In their eagerness to merge religion with politics, they thought the result would be religion. Instead, the devout middle class realised that religion alone could not provide for their social concerns. Post-Islamism, thus, is the recognition that while religion may provide salvation in the next life, politics is what provides for welfare in this one. It is, at its barest, politics subsuming religion.

2 comments:

Muslims Against Sharia said...

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