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Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) concluded his last Hajj sermon with these words:
"All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people".
Both Quran and the Prophet has presented that human condition is evolutionary. It was for this reason that neither Quran nor the Prophet mandated a particular form of political system. Islam is one of the most rational religions in the world and it was expected that its followers will lead the world in scientific discoveries and social organization. But unfortunately we have failed miserably on both these fronts.
While doing research for the book, I had a chance to get acquainted with Muslim philosophers and thinkers that have shaped the destiny of ummah for many centuries. In the last century Maulana Abu al Ala Maududi and Syed Qutb had written extensively about Islamic political thought. After reading their works it was apparent to me that their thought was regressive rather than progressive.  
It is not possible to recreate the society of 1st century of the advent of Islam because of considerable advancement in human knowledge. It is probably for these reasons that the political parties that were founded on these ideologies i.e. Jamat-e-Islami in Pakistan and Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt have not been able to achieve political success since their formation. Recent election success of Muslim Brotherhood is on the back of Arab Spring rather than a product of their ideology and even then they had to make an amendment to their approach to secure public mandate.
This book is my humble effort to present a political structure for our contemporary times that takes into account the social values presented by Islam. It is by no means a definitive work but an effort to start the discourse.

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Chapter 1: Secularism and Faith                                                                
Chapter 2: Social Values of Islam                                                                             
Chapter 3: Organizing Society                                                                                  
Chapter 4: Islamic Economic Model                                                             
Chapter 5: Foreign Affairs and State Security                                                   
Appendix I: Charter of Medinah                                                                        
Appendix II: Treaty of Hudaibiya                                                                                
Appendix III: Last Hajj sermon of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
List of select books for further reading                                                                  

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Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi has been contributing op-ed essays to leading Pakistani newspapers The Daily Times, The Frontier Post and weekly Pakistan Chronicle. His op-ed columns cover topics related to politics, social issues and foreign policy. He is active in politics of Pakistan as member of Advisory Committee of Pakistan Tehreeke Insaf (PTI).

In a Dec 14, 2011 article Mr. Kundi presented emergence of a new multi-polar world order. In this new order American hegemony is challenged by a collaboration of Sino-Russo alliance resulting in a new cold war.

He previously authored the books "Freedom by Choice" and "Lessons from Quran". His first book "Freedom by Choice" is a collection of writings on US-Pakistan relations, reforms in the Muslim world and balance of power in South Asia. The second book "Lessons from Quran" is a compilation of Quranic verses with specific focus on the social values.

The book "Islamic Social Contract" is an effort by Mr. Kundi to present a political system derived from the social values proposed by the Quran and Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). In last hundred years Muslim majority gained independence from colonial power but struggled with implementing secular form of democracy. Mr. Kundi feels that political liberation of Muslim world cannot be achieved unless they develop political systems that are in sync with the cultural tradition of Islam. The book "Islamic Social Contract" offers a social and political structure on which reform movements of the "Arab Spring" can build stable societies.