Democratic Concepts in Islam
March 9th after Isha (7:45 PM) at Al-Nadwa Institute
Professor Mohammad Fadel
Democracy is a system of governance where public office is a trust of people and accountable to people, the rulers and ruled are bounded by a compact called the constitution; the judiciary is an independent institution to uphold the rule of law, the press is free to raise and form public opinion. It, however, runs into the risk of radical populism as witnessed time and again in established democracies.
Muslims, in particular, Muslim majority countries, have a very new experience with democracy. Hence, often voices emerge in wholesome rejection of democracy in particular among the elite with a vested interest in status quo. The counter-narrative is sometimes developed based on a narrow interpretation of religious experience. In this talk with Professor Mohammad Fadel, we will explore the basis of democratic principles in Islamic teachings and systematically analyze the relationship between the two from the classical Islamic thought.
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