Friday, November 23, 2012

Islam and Democracy Episode Next

At some point I am going to start sounding like a broken record--but one can only hope.
"It is clear that the fundamental principle laid down in the Quran is the principle of election."
Too many people today take it for granted that "Democracy and Islam are opposites". These people exist as neo-purist-influenced (often young) people within the Ummah; they exist as modern "English Medium" (Western Educated) modernists that are ready to throw 1450 years of Islamic history out with the Wahhabi bath water; they exist as Islamophobic bigots that are just, well, xenophobes.

So, as a reminder, via Khurram Ali Shafique, here is one of the most seminal documents in the political history of Muslims in South Asia, as we transitioned from the Age of Empire to what the author (elsewhere, in his poetry) describes as "Sultani-e-Jamhoor", the Rule of the Masses:


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