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Democracy in Islam
     

Democracy in Islam

by Sayed Khatab
 

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ISBN-10: 0415425743

ISBN-13: 9780415425742

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Challenging the view of Islamic extremists and critics of Islam, this book explores the very topical issue of Islam's compatibility with democracy. It examines:

  • principles of
    Islam's political theory and the notion of democracy therein
  • the notion of democracy in medieval and modern Muslim thought
  • Islam and human rights

Overview

Challenging the view of Islamic extremists and critics of Islam, this book explores the very topical issue of Islam's compatibility with democracy. It examines:

  • principles of
    Islam's political theory and the notion of democracy therein
  • the notion of democracy in medieval and modern Muslim thought
  • Islam and human rights
  • the contribution of Islamic legal ideas to European legal philosophy and law.

The book addresses the pressing need for a systematic show of an Islamic politics of human rights and democracy grounded in the Qur'an. The West wonders about Islam and human rights, and its own ability to incorporate Muslim minority communities. Many Muslims also seek to find within Islam support source for democratic governance and human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415425742
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Routledge Studies in Political Islam Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
Governance and law in Islam: a Western view     3
The political theory     7
Islam and polity     7
Sovereignty     12
Constitution     14
Form of government     16
Organs and functions of the state     17
Consultation and legislature     18
The chief executive     21
The authority of the state     23
The notion of democratic participation     28
Political principles     29
The modernists and democracy     41
The Muslim Brotherhood     58
The liberals     72
Concluding remarks     91
Democratic values in some basic Islamic legal ideas     93
Human relations: respect and compassion     93
Property: trusteeship and charitable trust     98
Ethical scope: universal and communal     100
Human life: privacy and human dignity     102
Work: labour and industrial relations     104
Economics: free market and commercial integrity     106
Gender: the status and rights of women     111
Contribution to European law and philosophy     129
Islamic philosophy and Law     129
Human reason and the revealed law     133
The link between civilisations     136
The spirit of science and modernity     143
The philosophy of liberty     150
Muslim thought and the age of reason     155
Concluding remarks     163
Islamic International Law     165
The nature of Islamic International Law     165
Constituents of Islamic International Law     176
The jihad: notion and qualification     176
The attitude of Islamic Law towards war     181
The value of Islamic Law to international relations     189
Historical reality in the light of the declared principles     192
Religion and the origins of violence and terrorism today     199
The resurgence of religion in public life     199
Misguided attempts to apply religious ethics     204
The nature of secularity - an open market     205
Conclusion     210
Notes     211
Bibliography     243
Index     256

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