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Islam And Arab Nationalism

Abd Al-Rahmn Al-Bazzz

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
Islam And Arab Nationalism

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Lawyer, historian, and man of politics, he was Dean of the Law School at Baghdad in 1955, and in 1965 he became Prime Minister. After the Bath coup in 1968, he fell out of favor, spent a few years in prison, and died in exile. His speeches and writings emphasize the accord between Arabism and Islam.

Bazzaz gave this talk in 1952, arguing that any contradiction between Arab nationalism and Islam is only apparent. Islam is not a set of spiritual precepts and moral regulations but a complete way of life, including economic and political rules. As he puts it, Islam is a political religion and it does not therefore necessarily contradict Arab nationalism. For its part, Arab nationalism must not be wrongly interpreted as founded on racialism or chauvinism but should be considered a historico-linguistic community of shared cultural and spiritual ties. Arab nationalism poses no threat to Islam. It is true that European nationalists (e.g., in France) attacked the Church, but this is not the model for Arab nationalists in relation to Islam, a relation that is in contrast based on mutuality and respect.

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Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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