Muslims Are Not Betraying Islam In Embracing Liberal Democracy

Written by Mustafa Akyol on December 12th, 2011

[Originally published in The Guardian]

Last week, during a book tour in London, I spoke to a large group of British Muslims on Islam and liberty. A few of the questions that I received from the audience indicated why discussion on this topic is much needed. “If the state gives the people the freedom to do what they want, then they will follow their temptations,” said one Pakistani gentleman. “That’s why the Saudi religious police, which you oppose, is a very good system.”

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