The Caliphate - It's Good For YouThe return of the caliphate
If Bush and Blair are serious about reform in Muslim countries, it must include not just democratic reform, but also economic development. As the people of the US and the EU know, creating economic blocks to allow this to happen is an imperative. The EU managed to bring together a war-ravaged continent, on the basis of economic cooperation, which has led to further union. There can be no doubt that there will eventually be a similar model for Muslim countries. Instead of a president or a commission, there might be what is called a caliph. It's not the names but what the institutions do that matters. A restored caliphate is entirely compatible with democratically accountable institutions. The aim of Islamic law, contrary to popular belief, is not punishment by death or amputation of body parts. It is to create a peaceful and just society, with Islamic scholars over centuries citing its core aims: the freedom to practise religion; protection of life; safeguarding intellect; maintaining lineage and individual rights. This could be the basis for an Islamic bill of rights. The vision of any kind of new caliphate, shared by Muslims worldwide, is a distant one. But it is a vision that is needed, and one that should actually be supported by the US and Britain if they are sincere about the development of the Muslim world. The revival of a strong Muslim civilisation would be for the betterment of the whole world.