The doctrine of noninterference

Academic, Politics, Race

The doctrine of noninterference turned into a charter for all around interference for one reason: the occupying power gave itself the prerogative to define the boundaries of that in which it will not interfere, and then to define the content of the authentic religion with which there was to be no interference, and finally, to acknowledge the authentic authority that would define and safeguard religion in its pure form—without external interference. The prerogative to define the boundary, the substance and the authority of the customary,” gave vast scope to the powers of the occupying authority. But the exercise of this power, the list of those to be protected,” was politically determined—and it grew as time passed.

Mamdani, Define and Rule