Posted by: mlawrencekey | September 3, 2014

What would it be like living under an Islamic state, and what is so great about it that people will fight and die to make it happen?

Answer by M. Lawrence Key:

Depends on who you are. If you're a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim, then envisioning this kind of thing is the culmination of your faith, bringing the "kingdom of God" to earth, to use a more Christian terminology, or creating a utopia, to use a classical one. It is bringing into being the half-remembered with vaseline on the lens Golden Age of Islam without a clear understanding of the social/political/religious tolerance that allowed that age to exist in the first place. That is a dream that people are willing to die for, however misconceived and misguided.

If you're not a Sunni Muslim in this imagined paradise on earth, you're out of luck, relegated to second class citizen status at best, forced to convert or die at worst.

What would it be like living under an Islamic state, and what is so great about it that people will fight and die to make it happen?

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