Two Zaidi intellectuals we have heard from so far say that Democracy, not an Imamate or a Hashemite Monarchy, is the model of government which best suits the Zaidi criteria of good and just government.
Zaidism emphasizes the importance of a having a just Hashemite leader, a figure head, at the very least, who would serve as (a) a role model (b) the symbolic head of the state religion (presumably Zaidi Islam) (c) a source of continuity, given that elected governments come and go every few years. What role should this person have in implementing Zaidism in peoples’ lives?
There would obviously be a range of opinions on this subject. We intend to present all of them, starting with perhaps the most controversial one.
Abdullah Hamidaddin, a writer from a Zaidi family, (who points out that he does not affiliate himself with any group as he is opposed to sectarianism), has questioned the need for the government to impose religion on individuals, preferring that religion be a matter between the individual and God. He speaks of a type of spirituality that transcends the boundaries which a state organized religion inevitably sets up. To read more, click on comments: