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Fighting The Death Penalty Under Political Islam.

category international | gender and sexuality | other press author Wednesday December 03, 2008 16:38author by pat c Report this post to the editors

Here is an extract from an interview with Maryam Namazie who argues that Political Islam makes abolishing the Death Penalty more difficult. Full text at link.

IPS: Your organisation campaigns for the separation of religion and state. In Muslim countries, is it religion, more than anything else that prevents the abolition of the death penalty?

Maryam Namazie: The death penalty exists in quite a large number of countries and is a form of social control still exercised by states, not all of them ruled by Islamic laws (I wouldn't call them Muslim countries any more than I would call Britain and France Christian ones). The U.S. and China are good examples of this.

However, the majority of countries where executions are taking place are ruled by sharia law and there is a direct association between Islam and executions. Iran, for example, has the highest number of juveniles on death row. Of course, Islam is fundamentally no different from other religions in that death is prescribed for a large number of transgressions in all of them; however, because it is linked to a political movement with state power in many instances, the medievalism of religious rule becomes the law of the land.

IPS: Is the enforcement of sharia law the main problem in your eyes?

MN: I think political Islam is the main problem and sharia law is a means at the hands of this reactionary political movement. A Christianity that has been reined in, for example by enlightenment, is very different to one that burned witches at the stake and held inquisitions. If we defeat and weaken political Islam, Islam and Islamic laws become very different matters. Without state and political power, inhuman and medieval punishments will be relegated to the dustbins of history.

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author by pat cpublication date Wed Dec 03, 2008 16:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by Dannypublication date Fri Dec 05, 2008 22:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The use of the phase "politicsl Islam" shows that you do not understand Islam one bit. Islam is highly political, there are clearly defined by the prophet (pbuh), rules on goverment, foreign relations, war, law, organisation of society. Do not disrespect my faith, with your generalisations.

author by pat cpublication date Sun Dec 07, 2008 19:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Political Islam specifically refers to regimes liked the current Iranian Government. It is a term which is in general use amongst Muslims who reject this misuse of their Religion by reactionaries to maintain political power.

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