The Muslim World Between Shariah and the Rule of Law

March 7, 2016 The debate over the role of religion in politics has heavily contributed to the lack of rule of law in Muslim-majority countries.

By Kamran Bokhari

Last week, two unrelated but noteworthy events took place. One was the execution of a convicted assassin in Pakistan on Feb. 29 and the other was the 92nd anniversary of the formal abolishing of the caliphate by the Turkish parliament. Both events symbolize the continuing struggle in the Muslim world between those who call for the rule of law and those seeking to implement Islamic Shariah law. This conflict will only intensify in the years and decades to come.

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