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Living with the caliphate

By Abdul Wahid   January 2008

Across the Islamic world support for the caliphate is a very real phenomenon, which deserves a serious and measured discussion. Sadly, Jean-Pierre Filiu dismisses the aspiration of millions of people as a fantasy and a dead end, against the evidence of history and of public opinion.

For over 50 years, Hizb ut-Tahrir [the Liberation Party] has used only non-violent political activism and intellectual means despite the harshest of repression, to win the support of people to the call to restore the caliphate as a political system in the Islamic world. In that time support for Islam’s political ideas has grown…

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