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Who Needs an Islamic State? (second edition)



“When it was first published in 1991, Who Needs An Islamic State? was a groundbreaking text designed to kick start fresh thinking on Muslim political thought. Almost two decades later, it has lost none of its potency.”   

-Professor Ziauddin Sardar, January 2008-





This second edition of Who Needs an Islamic State? contains:

  •  a new Foreword by Professor Ziauddin Sardar
  • a new Introduction by the author
  • a response by the author to Dr. Anis Ahmad’s review of the book published in the Muslim World Book Review in 1993.
  • a new chapter (as appendix) entitled ‘Revisiting The “Damascus Model”‘ providing detailed and very important update by the author on the thoughts and ideas he first presented in 1991, when the first edition of this book was published.

El-Affendi passionately argues for a liberal democracy – one in which the citizens are able to actualise Islamic values into a new more viable democratic model. He believes Muslims should be aiming for a polity that is not intrusive or coercive. To El-Affendi, “the central value governing the Islamic polity and giving it meaning is freedom”.

This book is a must read for all those interested in Islamic political theories, regardless of where they live.

Download sample text and table of contents (pdf)

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