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Islam and the Challenge of Democracy

A "Boston Review" Book

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Islam and the Challenge of Democracy by Khaled Abou El Fadl
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The events of September 11 and the subsequent war on terrorism have provoked widespread discussion about the possibility of democracy in the Islamic world. Such topics as the meaning of jihad, the role of clerics as authoritative interpreters, and the place of human rights and toleration in Islam have become subjects of urgent public debate around the world. With few exceptions, however, this debate has proceeded in isolation from the vibrant traditions of argument within Islamic theology, philosophy, and law. Islam and the Challenge of Democracy aims to correct this deficiency. he book engages the reader in a rich discourse on the challenges of democracy in contemporary Islam. The collection begins with a lead essay by Khaled Abou El Fadl, who argues that democracy, especially a constitutional democracy that protects basic individual rights, is the form of government best suited to promoting a set of social and political values central to Islam. Because Islam is about submission to God and about each individual's responsibility to serve as His agent on Earth. Abou El Fadl argues, there is no place for the subjugation to human authority demanded by authoritarian regimes.

Author Biography

Khaled Abou El Fadl is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. His recent books include "The Place of Tolerance in Islam". Joshua Cohen is the Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of the Humanities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and coeditor of the "Boston Review". Deborah Chasman is coeditor of the "Boston Review".
Release date NZ
March 8th, 2004
Contributors
Edited by Deborah Chasman Edited by Joshua Cohen
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Princeton University Press
Pages
144
Dimensions
140x216x13
ISBN-13
9780691119380
Product ID
2519078

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