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Political Islam bars path to peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance, experts warn

From the official publication "The National" of the United Arab Emirates.

The National staff

November 5, 2016

WASHINGTON DC // The politicisation of religion is deeply damaging to our societies, a meeting of leading analysts and policymakers heard last week.

Organised by Trends Research & Advisory and the Stimson Centre in the US capital, the meeting which looked at the theme Politicising Islam: Exploring Means and Objectives was one of a series of events addressing key concerns for the Middle East.

It focused on the importance of understanding the objectives of groups that seek to exploit religion for political ends.

"I firmly believe that the politicisation of religion, any religion, is deeply damaging to our societies and preventing us from living in peace and security," said Dr Ahmed Al-Hamli, founder and president of Trends Research & Advisory, an Abu Dhabi-based research centre whose goal is to help improve policies and decision-making.

Dr Al Hamli said that while religion is central to individual and social identities, it cannot be the foundation of government authority.

He said that "religion is a matter which lies solely between Man and his God," and that "the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions".

In the context of political Islam today, movements are striving to bring about a state or event global government based on religious belief.

Dr Al-Hamli said the purpose of the gathering was to look beyond the means of political participation. It had to ask serious questions about the objectives of organisations that want to politicise religion in ways that threaten security in society.

He said: "We cannot impose one particular religion or a particular understanding of one religion upon all. We cannot use the doctrines and beliefs of a religion system to discriminate against others, or justify violence."


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