Democracy in Islam Analytical Essay by natashagils

Democracy in Islam
A discussion on the concept of democracy in Islam.
# 113605 | 1,879 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | CA
Published on Apr 21, 2009 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Political Science (General)

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This paper looks at the religion of Islam and the concept of democracy within the religion. The author first defines Islam and democracy and explains that, although the concept of democracy in pre-Islamic tribes in Arabia historically was not identical to present-day democracy, they share the same fundamental principles. The author goes on to explain how verse 4:59 from the Quran is very often misconstrued by dictators and monarchs to justify their undemocratic ways of ruling. The paper then lists and studies the key fundamentals of the Islamic political order and states that through proper interpretation, democracy does indeed exists in Islam.

Defining Islam
Defining Democracy
Misunderstanding the Concept of Democracy
The Political System of Islam
Present Situation

From the Paper:

"This verse cannot be used to justify unlawfully comprised authority, as that would mean taking the Quranic verses out of context and changing their actual meaning. Looking at verse 4:59 in conjunction with verses 42:38 and 3:159, one can clearly deduct that the Quran means for Muslims to obey their democratically elected leaders. Therefore the formation of a legitimate, democratically elected authority is of fundamental significance. The idea of shura can be reinterpreted to confirm the modern view of democracy, including the creation of diverse democratic associations in which democratic appointment is obligatory."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ahmed, Mukarram. "Hadrat Abu Bakr, the first Caliph". New Delhi: Daya Publishing House, 2006.
  • Shukri, Abed. "Islam and Democracy". Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.
  • Makdisi, George. "Religion and Culture in Classical Islam". Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1997
  • Esposito, John L. "Islam and Democracy". New York: OUP, 1996.
  • Lapidus, Ira. "A History of Islamic Societies". Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.

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