Political Islam seems to be the new way to describe a religion that has embedded itself into the politics of the middle-east but a similar thing has happened in European history as well. During the beginning of the 1800s in Europe there was a new religiousity that was being developed by many philosophers that believed that their was a universal spirit that embedded itself in all things and that our own spirit is but a tiny part of this greater whole. This new religious philosophy broke away from Christianity and is similar to Islam because according to Islam God is a universal spirit that is embedded in all things. Each one of these beliefs are harmless by themselves but when another element is added to them such as politics they become quite dangerous. In Europe the political doctrine on Divine Right of Kings basically said that any form of divinity had the right to power of the state. This is what gave the king authority over the state and this doctrine cemented itself in European thinking for eight hundred years but as the kings were losing power the new divinity that these philosophers were developing gave the collective conscience of man the right to power within the political state. This blended this harmless philosophy and the politics of the state into a single thing where those that had this new collective will were the divine power of the state. Some believe that this is the beginning of totalitarian politics in Europe. Is a similar thing developing with political Islam (which is separate from Islam itself) where theocracies like Iran have embraced the collective conscience of man that is represented in Ala with the politics of the state. When Islam becomes a theocracy it becomes no different than the combination of the universal spirit of man with divine right of kings that ocurred in Europe.