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The utopia of Islam: religion against the state

If it is the result of radical currents that pervert Islamic sources, the violence that takes place in the name of Islam, and of which Muslims themselves are the first victims, is at the heart of the relationship between the religious and the political. In order to shed light on the crisis that is troubling the contemporary world of Islam, an in-depth analysis of the foundations of political power, which from the very beginning, in a tragic way, has been necessary.

Carrying out a real investigation that convokes the sources, history, political science, sociology and theology, the author unravels the thread of the contradiction that founds the utopia of Islam. By isolating the main references that have inspired and continue to inspire political and religious protest movements, she reveals over the pages the novel thesis that she defends: all the undertakings undertaken to correct the world in accordance with the Islamic ideal have led only to the destruction of the State and the space of politics. This destroys the idea that Islam is a political religion.

Si elle est le fait de courants radicaux qui pervertissent les sources islamiques, la violence qui s’exerce au nom de l’islam, et dont les musulmans sont eux-mêmes les premières victimes, se loge au cœur de la relation entre le religieux et le politique. Pour éclairer la crise qui agite l’univers contemporain de l’islam, une analyse en profondeur des fondements du pouvoir politique, lequel s’est posé, dès les origines, de manière tragique, s’avère nécessaire.

Menant une véritable enquête qui convoque les sources, l’histoire, la science politique, la sociologie et la théologie, l’auteur dénoue le fil de la contradiction qui fonde l’utopie de l’islam. En isolant les principales références qui ont inspiré et continuent d’inspirer les mouvements de contestation politico-religieux, elle dévoile au fil des pages la thèse inédite qu’elle défend : toutes les entreprises menées pour corriger le monde conformément à l’idéal islamique n’ont conduit qu’à détruire l’État et l’espace du politique. Voilà qui pulvérise l’idée que l’islam est une religion politique.

إذا كان العنفُ يشكلُ ثمرةَ تيّارات متطرّفةٍ تحرّفُ النصوص المرجعيّة الإسلامية ويُمارَس باسم الإسلامِ ويستهدفُ المُسلمين أنفسهم ليجعلهم أولى ضحاياه، فهو يقبعُ في قلبِ العلاقةِ بين الدين والسياسةِ. من هنا، كي يتمّ توضيحُ الأزمة التي تعصفُ بالعالم المُسلم المعاصرِ، تتجلّى ضرورةُ إجراء تحليل معمّقٍ لأسسس السلطةِ السياسية التي فُرِضت منذ العصور الأولى بطريقةٍ مأساويّةٍ.

أجرتِ المؤلّفة بحثاً فعليّاً يستندُ إلى المصادرِ والتاريخ والعلوم السياسيّة وعلم الاجتماع والدراسات الإسلاميّة كي تبدِّدَ التناقضَ الذي يؤسّسُ المدينة الفاضلة في الإسلام. فعمدت إلى استبعادِ المراجع الأساسيّة التي ألهمت وما زالت تلهمُ حركات الاحتجاج السياسية-الدينيّة كي تكشفَ في صحفاتِ كتابها عن الفرضيّة الجديدةِ التي تدافع عنها: إنّ المساعي المنفّذة والهادفة إلى إصلاح العالم بما يتوافقُ مع المثال الإسلامي أفضت إلى تدميرِ الدولةِ والمجال السياسي. هذا ما يُبطل الفكرةَ القائلة إنّ الإسلامَ دينٌ سياسيّ.

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