Reconciling Islamic values and Democracy

I have a post on Cif at the moment about ongoing attempts amongst Islamic movements to try and reconcile Islamic values and democracy, the sovereignty of God vs the sovereignty of the people etc.

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3 Responses to Reconciling Islamic values and Democracy

  1. Kaysher says:

    Excellent piece shame about the trolls that infest cif’s comments boxes

  2. You says:

    A problem I have with many such type of pieces is not the actual content but the assumption that historically such a thing has been impossible on religious grounds and that new religious thinking is required to consolidate the schools of thought.

    That is not the case. While direct democracy is a new thing, representation is as old as the khilafat rashida – Hadhrat Abu Bakr (ra), Hadhrat Uthmaan (ra) and Hadhrat Ali (ra) were not nominated leaders, nor did they inherit their leaderships.

    In the case of Hadhrat Uthmaan, there are historians who say that after the council of six could not decide on who the new caliph should be the people of madina were even balloted/surveyed to see who they preferred. (in order to be balanced, other historical chronicles say that Hadhrat Ali (ra) was offered a fwe conditions which he refused but Hadhrat Uthmaan (ra) accepted.)

    In short leadership is not a new issue. Even Muslims living as minorities are not a new issue and Muslims have lived as minorities in many lands for hundreds if not over a thousand years.

    The people who ignore this history sometimes cause problems as they are not aware of the richness of precedent and instead try to implement their cultural values, confusing them for Islam.

  3. Btw, my Cif blog appears to have been translated into Turkish and published on the website of the Zaman newspaper:

    http://www.zaman.com.tr/haber.do?haberno=1019653&title=yorum-inayat-bunglawala-islamî-degerler-ile-demokrasiyi-uzlastirmak

    You: I think you may have missed the main point that I was trying to make: those systems that grant people the right to choose the laws they want to live under and incorporate safeguards (universal human rights) to protect minorities tend to be far less oppressive societies than those that don’t. Most modern Islamic movements are still struggling to come to terms with this.

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