It has been mentioned, usually in passing when the subject arises, that there is no dealing with Islam as a whole because there is no central authority. Attempts to unite Islam have thus far been authoritarian and toxic, the last such example being the ISIS attempt to create a caliphate.
The current purge of in Saudi Arabia is ostensibly about getting rid of corrupt officials, but is being carefully watched because it represents the consolidation of power under King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
If you follow Saudi politics for long enough, you come to realise that each new king consolidates power in this manner, creating a power structure with ties to himself rather than his predecessor's cronies.
Although Islam is the state religion of Saudi Arabia, and although Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, the Saudi king is not the voice of the Islamic faith.
There are nearly as many voices claiming to speak for Islam as there are tribes in the Middle East and Africa. How, then, to bring order to chaos? To unify so many tribal elements while ridding them of the violent, apocalyptic elements?
In Western societies this was accomplished through secularisation, the separation of church and state. The notion of secularising a theocracy is generally met with murderous outrage.
And that, in a nutshell, is where things seem to be stuck.
The Fractured Nature Of Islam
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