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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ann Althouse crouches to jump my shark:

This is a smart woman... why do smart people get hypnotized by Islamists?

Last week, I mentioned that my colleague Asifa Quraishi was giving a talk on Monday called "A Reconsideration of Presumptions: Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?" So, what's the answer? Here it is in Professor Quraishi's words:

I think yes, Islam is compatible with democracy. It is also compatible with a lot of other methods of government. There's nothing mandating or prohibiting any particular form of rule in the source texts of Islam (Quran and Hadith).Quraishi, who teaches constitutional law and Islamic law here at the UW Law School, explained how, historically, Islamic law developed, with a "public lawmaking realm [that] was separated from the realm of those who derived law from from interpretation of divine texts." This traditional public lawmaking "could very easily translate to a democratic public legislative (even representative democracy, even federalism if you like that too) system." The question then becomes what do you do with the law that is derived from divine texts (and this is law, by the way, that a lot of Muslims in the world like, and in fact demand their rights under - much the same way we demand our constitutional rights - and this includes women, often in a very empowering way, but that's another topic) - i.e. the doctrinal corpus of law created by private Muslim jurists (fiqh).

To which I replied in the comments section:

What a great example of how you can say disgusting things in a nice way. Let's paraphrase:

"This idea that people should vote for a governnment and then that government makes the laws is just another idea. So Western democracy, seperation of state, freedom of religion, these are just value-neutral ideas and other ideas are just as good.

So when you talk about Muslims and democracy, the problem isn't Muslims, it is the presumption that YOUR democracy, (the one where you vote for a government and then that goverment makes laws which are equally applied to everybody) is better than OTHER kinds of democracy.

I don't want to get into the specifics of what kind of democracy Muslims should have, though. That's another topic. It suffices that Muslims will live under divine law 'cause that's what they like- and they'll demand the rights of that divine law 'cause that's what they want. Of course Muslim won't have to VOTE to make those laws into actual laws, or to prove they really want those laws. After all, I assure you they do, and that's enough."

And this woman is a law professor, lol.

Yeah, she actually IS a law professor. She's TEACHING PEOPLE LAW... alkfdjalk;sfjdaldsfj


  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger big_wannabe said…

    I had the exact same reaction.

  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger Harkonnendog said…

    Great minds and all... ;)

  • At 4:38 AM, Blogger Joe Murphy said…

    for all the talk of anglosphere exceptionalism, I was reading about cromwell's protectorate the other day.

    the idea that our democracy could evolve from something like that seems just as unlikely as democracy evolving from muslim theocracy.

    but there it is...

  • At 12:56 PM, Blogger Harkonnendog said…

    Good point, Joe.

    Have you read Neal Stephoneson's Baroque Cycle? When you hear about how nuts everything was then it kind of makes you hope for the future, you know?

  • At 6:22 PM, Blogger mh73 said…

    Yep, she teaches law...scary.


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