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Challenging the Secular StateThe Islamization of Law in Modern Indonesia$
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Arskal Salim

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832377

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832377.001.0001

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Is There Unity of Islam and the State?

Is There Unity of Islam and the State?

(p.16) 2 Is There Unity of Islam and the State?
Challenging the Secular State

Arskal Salim

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter attempts to explore statehood within the so-called Islamic political theory, at the same time indicating the difficulty of such an exercise due to the fact that Islamic political thought mostly concentrates on non-state unit analysis, rather than on the state as a generic category or on the body politic as a social reality and a legal abstraction. Yet the chapter shows that one basic idea about Islamic political doctrine is the unity of religion and politics. The principle of tawhid (God's oneness) underpins this idea. In the context of Muslim political theory, tawhid implies that the community (umma) itself must reflect this unity.

Keywords:   Islamic political thought, tawhid, umma, Muslim political theory, Islamic political theory, non-state unity, statehood

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