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Afghanistan Rule of Law

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Nilofar Sakhi, an Asia 21 Fellow at the Asia Society and Country Director at the Open Society Institute in Afghanistan, talks about the rule of law in Afghanistan.

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Comments [3]

Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

In the Bible, the twelve tribes were "ruled" by Judges. There was no central government for centuries. But the Philistine threat caused the people to demand a central authority with a monarch, and the chief Judge Samuel has to accommodate their democratic demand despite his warnings about the abuses that would ensue. And so the kingdom was born. But it was the demand of the people, not of God, that created it.

Mar. 04 2010 11:44 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Is the Qur’an’s position on the subservience of women, rule by monarchy, and violence really any different from that of the Bible?

Mar. 04 2010 11:20 AM
Jgarbuz from Queens, NY

Yes, but Muhammad became the temporal as well as spiritual leader of the state of Medina. And a khilaf (caliph) is a temporal and spiritual leader of the umma. The last caliph was the Sultan of the Turkish Ottoman empire. Whether there can be a separation between Mosque and state has been very controversial since its inception.

Mar. 04 2010 11:19 AM

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