Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates, and Philosophical Perspectives (Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)

Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates, and Philosophical Perspectives (Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory)

By: M.A. Muqtedar Khan (editor), Asma Afsaruddin (contributor), Carolyn Fleuhr-Lobban (contributor), Tariq Ramadan (contributor), Sachedina Sachedina (contributor), Osman Bakar (contributor), Paya Paya (contributor), Ozlem Denli (contributor), Tamara Sonn (contributor), Mahgoub El-Tigani Mahmoud (contributor)Paperback

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There is a growing consensus among experts and the educated public alike that democratization will reduce the many problems of the Muslim world. The question that remains is how Islam should be incorporated into the public sphere. Islamic Democratic Discourse is in itself a dialogue that explores the multi-faceted relationship between Islam and democracy. Each chapter, by a preeminent scholar of the Muslim tradition and its contemporary challenges, provides insight into Islamic political thought and its connection to Western democracy. Tamara Sonn and Tarek Ramdan consider the elements of government in classical Islam. Osman Bakar and Ali Paya provide regional studies of the search for compatibility between Islam and democracy. And finally, editor Muqtedar Khan and Marc Lynch are among those who offer a global perspective on the discourse on Islam and democracy. Unlike many recent efforts which seek to either underscore or dispute the compatibility of Islam and democracy, this eclectic collection begins a comprehensive conversation on Islam's role in the public sphere and charts a course toward an authentic Islamic theory of democracy. Islamic Democratic Discourse is a crucial addition to the libraries of scholars interested in the future of Islam in the modern world.

About Author

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware and a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution.


Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Emergence of an Islamic Democratic Discourse Part 3 Classical Perspectives on Islam and Politics Chapter 4 Ijtihad and Maslaha Chapter 5 Elements of Government in Classical Islam Chapter 6 Obedience to Political Authority: An Evolutionary Concept Part 7 Regional Debates on Islam and Democracy Chapter 8 Islam, Ethnicity, Pluralism and Democracy: Malaysia's Unique Experience Chapter 9 An Islamic Quest for Pluralistic Political Models: A Turkish Perspective Chapter 10 Islamic Thought between Formal Conservatism and Indigenous Liberalism: Lesson from the Sudanese Heritage Chapter 11 Current trends in Political Thought: Perspectives from Shi'i Thought Part 12 Global Discourse on Islam and Democracy Chapter 13 The Politics, Theory and Philosophy of Islamic Democracy Chapter 14 The Role of Islam in Public Square Chapter 15 Dialogue in an Age of Terror Chapter 16 Democracy and its Muslim Critics: an Islamic alternative to Democracy?

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  • ISBN13: 9780739106457
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 294
  • ID: 9780739106457
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0739106457

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