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The monarch as religious leader

What could be the role of a King who is also a religious leader as we
approach the next millenium ? In most cases, he would refuse to uphold an
intransigent dogmatism and chose instead to be an ecumenical symbol of
spiritual life. Sometimes he would be forced to intervene directly when the
circumstances make him a moral recourse and the only possible guide for
bewildered masses. But there are cultures, such as Islam, in which the King
simultaneously holds the political power and exercises a strong religious
influence. However in all thoses cases, the King’s position can only be
understood by using the cultural codes that regulate each society. It is
therefore threatened by republicanism and by the secularization of these


Référence électonique : Christian BIDÉGARAY, "The monarch as religious leader", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°78, 78 - Les monarchies, p.55-72 . Consulté le 2020-01-17 14:12:31 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-monarch-as-religious-leader.html