In this video interview on Memri TV, Syrian poet Adonis gives an in-depth view on why religion and state should be separated in the Arab world.
We have selected two quotes which tell the fundamentals of the story, but recommend listening in to the full interview.
If we really want to embark on a new phase, we must conduct a new reading of Islam. We must examine the relations between text and life.
By linking religion with political rule, we turn religion into a mere tool in the hands of the regime. This consitutes aggression against people, because it prevents thoughts, freedom, democracy. Therefore, we must free religion from the clutches of political rule. Is this possible? Yes, it is, but it requires a peaceful, non-violent, struggle.