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September 30, 2012

The replacement of the word ”almaniya/secular/ عَلْمَانْيِّة’ by ‘madaniya/civilian/ مَدَنْيِّة’ in Egypt is not a benevolent deception – it is a devious one. Will explain:

– Some say ‘‘almaniya’ was replaced by ‘madaniya’ because many in Egypt have sensitivity towards the word ‘almaniya’ since it is taken by the Islamists to mean anti-Islam; so some liberals do-gooders wanted to ‘deceive’ the simple folk by using a veiled word (madaniya) that they hoped could give the same meaning as ‘’almaniya’.

– In fact, these guys, by accepting to use the word ‘madaniya’ in place of ”almaniya’ are just fooling themselves, since ‘madaniya’ can never give the same meaning as ”almaniya’.

‘Madaniya’ means ‘civilian’ which refers to a state that is not run by the military but by civilians; and a civilian state can be either a secular or theocratic state.

– The Islamists, of course, welcomed the intellectual dishonesty of the liberals who replaced ”almaniya’ by ‘madaniya’, and all the way they took ‘madaniya’ to mean something else, Islamist to the core.

– The Islamists refer to the word ‘madaniya’ to mean neither a secular state, and most importantly, nor a civilian state. ‘Madaniya’ in their literature refers to the State of Madina (دولة المدينة) which was inaugurated by Muhammad in Medina (Madinah/Medina), Hejaz, in the period 622-632 AD. That state was religious, led by Muhammad himself, and military, since he and all his follower men were soldiers in the army. It was a theocratic state.

The conclusion is: neither the liberals of Egypt, nor its Islamists, have been honest in this matter. Both have embraced the word ‘madaniya’ while all the time meaning something else than what the word entails. I say, cowardice and intellectual dishonesty are significant factors in Egypt’s current plight.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2012 8:28 pm

    Why not use the word ‘Tahaddor’ from ‘hadara’ is more fitting for both Christian and Muslims. It implies to live in the present time ‘al hader’ and not the past or future. It also refers to civilisation and civility. To adapt and adjust to the present time and not cling to old and backward ideals and laws that oppress women, men and people of other race and ethnic backgrounds! Primitive laws that do not fit in our present time and are oppressive and only serves the patriarchal system that permits this sort of slavery in the subjugation of women and minorities.

  2. mindthehat permalink
    November 22, 2012 9:07 am

    Good piece Dioscorus. The lack of intellectual honesty and the noncommittal approach of the liberals make the Copts the last line of defence for the secular/progressive/ non-Arab state. If the Copts fail, Egypt is gone forever and will be replaced by the United Arab/Islamic State?

  3. November 26, 2012 5:16 pm

    Are these the RonPaul kind of “Liberals” or the Barak Obama types?I hope they are not at all the THomas Sowell kind of Classical Liberal social scholars!Thanks Love your works!

  4. November 26, 2012 5:19 pm

    Reblogged this on socialhumanrace and commented:
    I would dought that these Liberals are the school of Thomas Sowell;I can see them being of the RonPaul or BarakObama sort !

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