Quotes from Professor Ziauddin Sardar

“In this concise text, Abdelwahab El-Affendi critically explores the origins and development of the notion of ‘Islamic state’. He begins by looking at the role the state plays in western political thought and proceeds to examine how Islamic history and tradition tried to grapple with the question of political authority. The abolition of the Caliphate in 1922 galvanised modern Muslims thinkers to take the western idea of nation state more seriously and to produce new thoughts on how the Caliphate could be restored or what could take its place. El-Affendi looks at these debates and pin points where the whole exercise went terribly wrong.”

“Authoritarianism, it seems to me, is intrinsic in much of what masquerades as ‘Islamic ideology’ in contemporary times … Islam as ideology is almost always wrapped in the cloak of tyranny and despotism. Place this ideology within the framework of a nation state, with divinely attributed Shariah at its centre, and you have the prescription for a totalitarian ‘Islamic state’.”

“Who Needs An Islamic State? is not just a masterly, closely argued analysis of the political predicament of Muslim societies. It is also a call to action. It will certainly force you to take a fresh look at Islam’s relationship with politics. But equally, it will persuade you to go out and change the world of Islam.”


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