The ever-vigilant Andrew Bostom catches Egypt’s General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a bit (really a bushel basket full) of deception with the Washington Post. Bostom quotes from Robert Springborg’s essay on al-Sisi’s 2006 thesis, in which the General advocates for restoration of the Caliphate, and from the Post interview, wherein he argues against it, thus:
From the Springborg report on the general’s thesis:
But Sisi’s thesis goes beyond simply rejecting the idea of a secular state; it embraces a more radical view of the proper place of religion in an Islamic democracy. He writes: “Democracy cannot be understood in the Middle East without an understanding of the concept of El Kalafa,” or the caliphate, which Sisi defines as the 70-year period when Muslims were led by Muhammad and his immediate successors. Re-establishing this kind of leadership “is widely recognized as the goal for any new form of government” in the Middle East, he asserts. The central political mechanisms in such a system, he believes, are al-bi’ah (fealty to a ruler) and shura (a ruler’s consultation with his subjects).
From the Post interview:
The dilemma between the former president [Muhammad Morsi] and the people originated from [the Muslim Brotherhood’s] concept of the state, the ideology that they adopted for building a country, which is based on restoring the Islamic religious empire. That’s what made [Mohamed Morsi] not a president for all Egyptians but a president representing his followers and supporters…
Click on the following link to read all of Andrew Bostom’s essay: