Malek Chebel, Rule of Law and Islam


Malek Chebel, Rule of Law and Islam

During last week's conversation between Marco Pannella and Valter Vecellio, the Radical leader repeatedly spoke of intellectual and activist Malek Chebel. Chebel is a writer, anthropologist and philosopher of Algerian origin; an illuminated intellectual in the Muslim Arab World. Chebel says that Muslims living in Europe should go through a liberal revolution. Islam must learn to debate with itself, and clarify on what it can offer to others today, not only on what it can take; the vocabulary used to talk of religion must be reconsidered.

According to Chebel, the main goal lies in drawing attention to the plurality of Islam, in order to respond to the question of aplying Islam in contemporary reality. The vast majority of Muslims are ready, both in Europe and in the countries of origin, but the authoritarian elites who use religion for the political purpose of preserving their authoritarian regimes are not. And even some of those who live in Europe try to use it in even more backward ways to exercise control.

On what battle ground can we beat the fundamentalist drifts of Islam today? "On their own ground, Islamist fundamentalists have created excellent social networks to help the poor. Islam has an experience that it does not recognize in many field, such as in social relationships or in the management of large numbers of people, or in experiencing crisis, conflict and extreme conditions." In short, as Marco Pannella says, the goal is to affirm the Rule of Law against the Reason of State, and in the specific case of the Arab World, to support the transition towards democracy.

 

Translation: Laura Harth