Like the rest of the world and the American people, Afghans have been shocked by the heinous crime committed by U.S. citizen Omar Mateen against his fellow Americans this past Sunday. He brutally killed 49 innocent civilians and wounded another 53 in Orlando, Florida. Afghanistan has joined nations around the world in condemning, in the strongest terms possible, this inhumane crime.
Last April, the Aligarh Muslim University in India convened a high-profile international conference on the “Intellectual Crisis of the Muslim Ummah: Rethinking Traditional Solutions.” Of the four thematic questions posed in a bid to provoke thoughtful, open-minded discussion, this author found the question of “Is a United Islam Possible?” relevant to the Afghan security context, which has been shaped by regional and extra-regional players, largely involving Muslim countries or countries with a sizeable Muslim population. Building on the discussion of the above question at the conference, this piece explores whether a common religion can actually unite nation-states.