The power and the majesty

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Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Sharia by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Naim

This is really an amazing book. Many in the west, looking upon Islamic fundamentalism with horror, wonder where the liberal and moderate Muslims are, and why they dont speak up. An-Naim is just such a voice. A dedicated Muslim writing mainly to Muslims, he makes the case persuasively that, contrary to the opinion of many Muslims and non-Muslims, not only is Islam compatible with secularism, a correct understanding of Islam demands secularism. For me as a westerner, the most intriguing part of the book was the section where the author examines three states with significant Muslim populations and their struggles with secularism: India, Turkey, and Indonesia. The opposition to secularism is most apparent in Indonesia, where secularism is considered inherently western, and therefore inherently inappropriate for a predominantly Muslim state.

If I had one small complaint about this book, it is that despite its subtitle Sharia is hardly touched on until the last chapter. True, it is discussed there at some length, but I felt hungry for more.
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Yours, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; your is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Daniel ,34,35 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? Matthew And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Psalm A Psalm. O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Job Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty. Psalm ,4 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty….

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