A Model for an Islamic State
The attempt will be to develop a comprehensive framework within which a new consensus can be reached. The purpose here is to find a viable solution to the perennial question of how we can have a viable Islamic state in the postmodern context. As we have noted earlier, the Secularists/Modernists want to relegate Islam to the mosque and transplant themselves to the western Weltgeist. Conversely, on the other side of the spectrum, we have people who want to reject the present world and recreate the period when Islam was ascendant.
While these two groups of people have hijacked the debate and become two colossus fighting a battle to the death against each other, the common man on the street does not necessarily agree with either side. The common man seems to know instinctively that the answer lies in between the ideologies of the two groups, yet have not articulated and rationalized a path in between the two. After all, an ideological compromise built only around the premise of moderation and taking the middle path is at best weak. What is in fact needed, is a synthesis of ideas, rather than a compromise. Such a model is of essence to the present political situation within the Muslim World.
This model cannot be a closed system, in that we cannot hope to create the "perfect solution". In these thoughts and ideas, there is no permanent cure for poverty, inequality, or a whole host of other evils. To attempt to create such a system is clearly beyond what has so far been achievable. If one attempts such a system and fails, it often results in a far worse result, as is amply exemplified in the former Soviet Union. I will venture to say that there is in fact, perhaps no perfect solution, and one must aim to design a system that takes this into effect, that can adapt and has adequate "safety valves" and a mechanism to bring in emerging factors as they develop.
While this synthesis is a wider work and will involve a considerable amount of thought and time, and will perhaps need to be written in a far more comprehensive piece or work, I will attempt to first build a skeletal structure for others to build on. The areas I am going to address includes the political system, the economic system, the legal system, the military and various policies in general. Each of these, however, are not independent of each other and cannot stand effectively on their own but rather, act together in balance. Further, within each subsystem, adequate checks and balances are required.
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