Liberal Democracy and Political Islam: The Search for Common Ground
Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Vol. 10, No 1, February 2011
45 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2009 Last revised: 1 Mar 2011
Date Written: September 20, 2009
We seek to establish a dialogue between Islamic and democratic normative political theories. To that aim, we show that the conception of democracy underlying a prominent Islamic political model is procedural. We distinguish proceduralism from a liberal conception of democracy. We explain how bringing together Islamic political theory and democracy alters the meaning of the latter. In other words, we show that democracy within Islam often means democracy within Islamic limits.
Keywords: Islam, democracy, liberalism, constitutionalism, secularism
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