Leadership Accountability in Islam: Islamic Standards for Holding the Executive Accountable for Official Misconduct

4 Global Journal of Comparative Law (2015)

46 Pages Posted: 12 May 2015 Last revised: 15 Aug 2015

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Mohamed Abdelaal

Alexandria University - Faculty of Law; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: May 11, 2015

Abstract

This paper seeks to refute a common belief that the ruler in Islam is unchecked and that he serves for life regardless of any official misconduct he may commit by providing a religious basis for the concept of political accountability through the investigation of the concept of presidential impeachment in Islam. In doing so, the article first sheds significant light on the Caliphate system of governance, the rights and duties of the Caliph, his legal status, and the inauguration process. Further, the article introduces the conflicting views regarding the issue of removing the ruler in the context of Islamic jurisprudence, examines the role of the Islamic scholars in redressing the ruler and correcting the official misconduct, and sheds light on the Islamic alternatives of impeachment and the extent to which they differ from what is known in modern constitutional doctrines.

Suggested Citation

Abdelaal, Mohamed, Leadership Accountability in Islam: Islamic Standards for Holding the Executive Accountable for Official Misconduct (May 11, 2015). 4 Global Journal of Comparative Law (2015), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2605103

Mohamed Abdelaal (Contact Author)

Alexandria University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Alexandria
Egypt

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

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Indianapolis, IN Indiana 46202
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