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Updated: April 19th , 2008


Anonymous said...

Is there an Islam country where the non-Muslims have been elected by Muslims for a political post?

Or where mosque, or even their Imams, receive allowance from t he State?

Or where it is possible to undertake political activities like what they can in European countries?

I have many more. But I start with these three first.

I hopê I get a reply. that is, read it here....



Esther said...

Hi Onil,

This isn't exactly my area of interest or expertise, but off the top of my head:
1. Non-Muslims are elected for political posts in Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco and Iran.

2. If you're talking about non-Muslims, no idea. Since Islam is the state religion in Muslim countries, I think all mosques and imams are financed by the state.

3. Most Muslim countries do not have free political systems. So you don't need to be a non-Muslim to be prevented from undertaking political activities, you just need to be anti-government.

Anonymous said...

This is also off the top of my head. Lebanon was one of the most religiously mixed countries in the Middle east. Not sure about now but there used to many many non-muslims living there so it would not be unusual for them to be represented.
Are there non-muslims elected to political posts in Palestine? As extremist muslims such as Hamas and Fatah have enormous control I find that difficult to believe.
I know little about Morrocco but I can believe that there are non-muslims represented.
Iran is a joke country. Yes they do have non-muslims in political posts but they are token posts. The jews in govt posts support everything Iran says about israel and are more anti-zionist than Ahmadinejad. There may be christians as well in token posts. But how you could include Iran in your list is incomprehensible. They have persecuted Assyrian christians. People of the Bahai faith do not officially exist. They can be killed and the govt would not recognise their murder because they do not exist.

Esther said...

Hi anonymous,

Actually, I now realize I didn't answer the question - is there a Muslim country where Muslims elected a Non Muslim to a political post - no idea.

As for my answer, the question was about being elected. This has nothing to do with having a real democratic system or whether minorities are persecuted. I completely agree with your point. There's no connection between elections and democractic values.

To compare to another issue, I once read that Iran has more female professors than the Netherlands, per capita. So? Does that mean Iranian women have more freedoms or more chances to advance than Dutch women?

Anonymous said...

I found this on the web. It shows some of the persecutions that exist in Morocco:

'While official Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant churches are recognised by Morocco, they are only for foreigners living in
the country. Moroccan Christians have no right to pray in these churches.'

'The Christian converts also have article 220 of the penal code hanging over their heads, which provides for prison sentences of between six months and three years for anyone who tries to
undermine a Muslim's faith or to convert him to another religion.'

There are other restrictions which makes Morocco like many other muslim countries a totalitarian state persecuting non-muslims.

Semar said...

Senegal is a Muslim country (94%) which elected a Catholic, Léopold Sédar Senghor, as its first president.

Unknown said...

Re: "Senegal is a Muslim country (94%) which elected a Catholic, Léopold Sédar Senghor, as its first president."

Senghor was a Communist who had attended a Catholic school as a child. He was an academic who taught "African Socialism", what he called "Negritude", and the rubbish idea that Egyptian and Greek civilizations all came from the Sub-Saharan "Negroes" who apparently didn't just live in huts. Go figure.

At the age of eight Senghor began his studies in Senegal in the Ngasobil boarding school of the Fathers of the Holy Spirit. In 1922 he entered a seminary in Dakar. When he was told the religious life was not for him, he attended a secular institution.

He was divorced and remarried, hence not a "Catholic".

I can't find any record of his father's religion, but his mother, his father's third wife, was a Muslim.

The majority of Senegalese Muslims, BTW, are Sufi.

Nick Jewitt said...

Brian, there are records of various African civilisations over the past millennia, having structures systems of government, so no, they did not all live in huts. I'm not saying that European civilisations originated there, but such ideas should not necessarily be rejected out of hand. Mighty states rise and fall.

One Muslim said...

Yes, here happens in my motherland Malaysia. We are living in mix of all major religious nation, hence our government political party also includes branches from various believes. Its based on Malays (Islam), Chinese (Buddhish/Christian/Atheist), Indian (Buddhish/Hindunism)and addition of so blend community in Malaysian-Borneo (eg: Bahai).