"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Thoughts on Islam in Morocco and the Role of its King as the Leader of the Faithful
Found this short note going through old grad school notes when I happened to be studying Islam in Morocco. Perhaps I will expand upon it in the future.
In a system of belief, one of whose pillars is submission to God (two other pillars include, making the journey and charity), can one man climb atop the shoulders of this belief –a belief that burns like hot coal in the heart of a nation—and effectively own the course of Islam in that nation?
Can a political party?
Can the fact of a man’s ancestors lift him above the beggars’ heads in Marrakesh?
Surely charity lies in the heart
In the community of believers
Surely submission to God
Lies in the prostrate spirits
Surely making the hajj
Lies in the believers’ humble feet.