Thursday, January 05, 2017

Islam as Religious-Political Ideology

Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

In a recent post on Islam - how to conceive of it and how to deal with it - my cyber-friend Bill Vallicella notes that some who undertake this task mistakenly assume:
that Islam is a religion like any other. Not so. It is a hybrid religious-political ideology that promotes values inimical to the West and . . . [the West's] flourishing. Sharia and the West do not mix.
Bill emphasizes that Islam is not a religion like any other, that it's a hybrid religious-political ideology. My view differs little from Bill's view, though I would add a point.

Not only do I find Islam a hybrid religious-political ideology, I would describe it as a throw-back to an earlier stage of religious development, the religion of the priest-king, a figure with both a religious role and a political role to fill. Think of the Caliph, who fills both of these roles, and recall the recent Caliphate, which attempted to install shariah as the law of the land that it occupied.

In Islam, there is no separation of mosque and state. The mosque is, in fact, an extension of the state, which clarifies why Islam restricts all other religions wherever it gains political power, for other religions are suspect, potentially, as extensions of some other state's power, and the adherents of other religions are, technically, considered to be foreigners.

Just some things to consider in considering Islam . . .

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At 8:45 AM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

A fallacy that hounds sane people is that what we deem to be obvious is not necessarily so to the Left.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

The Left has forgotten one thing and misconstrued another. It has forgotten that the archenemy of its youth was religion, and it has misconstrued religious yearning as a desire for jobs. I exaggerate, of course, but I'm making a point that needs to be made.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:29 PM, Blogger TheBigHenry said...

An excellent point indeed, HJH.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Thanks, TBH.

Jeffery Hodges

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