Islamic Thought: Despotism Replacing Despotism

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Princeton Readings in Islamic Thought Despotism Replacing Despotism In the introduction to “Princeton Readings in Islamic Thought” by Roxanne Euben and Muhammad Zaman, the editors give a broad overview of Islamism and what it constitutes as an Islamist. The conclusion the authors come to is that Islamism is a movement that “attempts to return to the scriptural foundations of the Muslim community…” (Euben, Zaman page 4). Essentially, Islamism is a restoration of norms derived from the Quran, called sharia law. As a function of Islam and sharia law, Islamists are very hands on. Islamists like Ruhollah Khomeini and Hassan al-Turabi aren’t mere theologians but politicians that seek fulfillment of their visions. Islamists believe firmly that the only true way to realize their vision of “authentic Islam” is through an Islamic state, dominated by sharia law. Naturally, with the formation of a state, a government is needed to perform a variety of functions. Islamists go as far to say that the only way to achieve true Islam is through an Islamic state dominated by sharia law. (QUOTE?) Thus, Islamism and politics are one in the same, and the Islamism can be seen as a religio-political movement. In the introduction, the editors bring special attention to the relationship between Islamism and democracy. Because of the tenuous and complicated relationship between western secular “democratic” governments and the Islamic state’s theocratic government, the editors pay special attention to

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