The Impossible State: Islam Politics and Modernity’s Moral Predicament

It is often said that there is no separation between church and state in Islam. Although this statement is not accurate, it has come to reflect the aspirations of many Islamists (Khomeini). In this unit we will consider the arguments of a scholar who believes that an Islamic state is essentially impossible (Hallaq), as well as criticisms of this view (Abu Odeh, al-Azami, Hiebert, and March). We will also examine how the modern bureaucratic state shapes understandings of Islam (Chehabi).
Do you agree with Hallaq or his critics? Justify your stance

It is often said that there is no separation between church and state in Islam. Although this statement is not accurate, it has come to reflect the aspirations of many Islamists (Khomeini). In this unit we will consider the arguments of a scholar who believes that an Islamic state is essentially impossible (Hallaq), as well as criticisms of this view (Abu Odeh, al-Azami, Hiebert, and March). We will also examine how the modern bureaucratic state shapes understandings of Islam (Chehabi).
Do you agree with Hallaq or his critics? Justify your stance

It is often said that there is no separation between church and state in Islam. Although this statement is not accurate, it has come to reflect the aspirations of many Islamists (Khomeini). In this unit we will consider the arguments of a scholar who believes that an Islamic state is essentially impossible (Hallaq), as well as criticisms of this view (Abu Odeh, al-Azami, Hiebert, and March). We will also examine how the modern bureaucratic state shapes understandings of Islam (Chehabi).
Do you agree with Hallaq or his critics? Justify your stance

It is often said that there is no separation between church and state in Islam. Although this statement is not accurate, it has come to reflect the aspirations of many Islamists (Khomeini). In this unit we will consider the arguments of a scholar who believes that an Islamic state is essentially impossible (Hallaq), as well as criticisms of this view (Abu Odeh, al-Azami, Hiebert, and March). We will also examine how the modern bureaucratic state shapes understandings of Islam (Chehabi).
Do you agree with Hallaq or his critics? Justify your stance

It is often said that there is no separation between church and state in Islam. Although this statement is not accurate, it has come to reflect the aspirations of many Islamists (Khomeini). In this unit we will consider the arguments of a scholar who believes that an Islamic state is essentially impossible (Hallaq), as well as criticisms of this view (Abu Odeh, al-Azami, Hiebert, and March). We will also examine how the modern bureaucratic state shapes understandings of Islam (Chehabi).
Do you agree with Hallaq or his critics? Justify your stance