In his candid, no-holds-barred way, Dr. Moeed Pirzada brings to attention the fact that there are no proper democracies in the Muslim world, and speculates on why this is so; discussing freedom of speech, and lack of military intervention in state affairs, as fundamental tenets of a truly democratic state. He discusses how the golden ages of Islam have, not surprisingly, been ages in which Muslims were most democratic; the era of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (four of the most revered leaders of Islam), and 8th to 11th century, when Muslims were formulating new ideas and were at the cutting edge of science and modernity. He says that it is necessary for people to understand that religions are ideas that cannot be fossilized, and that the solution to the democratic disparity in Muslim countries lies within this realization.
Moeed Pirzada is a prominent political commentator, TV Anchor, columnist and influential blogger in Pakistan. He advises government and key public sector organizations on communication strategies and has worked with international organizations as consultant on issues related to policy and governance. He is currently Director of Governance & Policy Advisers (GAPA) and is Editor Strategic Affairs and lead Anchor for Dunya News, where he hosts his popular show:Tonight with Moeed Pirzada.
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