Political Islam and Democracy in the 21st Century?
This paper discusses whether or not political Islam and democracy are compatible with one another in the 21st century.
# 117591 | 1,469 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on Dec 09, 2009 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Religion and Theology (Islam) , Political Science (Terrorism)
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This paper asserts and defends the position that democratic and Islamic governments are incompatible with each other in the 21st century. The paper stresses that the dichotomy between the two ideologies breed mistrust and misunderstanding. Furthermore, the paper discusses Islamic terrorism as being a major contributing factor to the preclusion of co-existence between the two political models. The paper then examines the different interests that govern the Islamic political structure and the capitalist democratic one.
From the Paper:"The fact is research characterizes the motives of the west, according to other associated faith, as having different interests such as expansion where "the patent goal was to establish colonial outposts as sources of wealth for the metropole and bases for Western power projection (Fuller, 2008, p. 46)," as opposed to the spread of the faith of Christianity thereof. In other words, the spiritual missionary missions launched in these areas were merely economic priorities of the western world that was not scripturally tied to a sense of origin towards the land but which rather sought economic gain to be found from be expanding into a particular land. At the same time the Islamic connection to the land was more valued and incorporated into a spiritual adaptation of the social structural ideals and the inherent mentality of associated clans with the land as the basis for social organization. This develops into a condition where the two cultures have evolved with totally different perceptions as well as interpretation of the world, as it relates to a necessary or common code, which would be called government. This caused no small amount of perceived inherent invasiveness on the part of the Islamic mind, and the Islamic peoples."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Aram, Yesim. (2005) Rethinking Islam and Liberal Democracy: Islamist Women in Turkish Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.
- Azra, Azyumardi. (2006) Indonesia, Islam, and Democracy: Dynamics in a Global Context. Equinox Publishing New York.
- Bhutto, Benazir. (2008) Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West. Harper Publishing New York.
- Cofman-Wittes, Tamara and Haqqanit, Husain and Fradkin, Hillele. Islamic Parties and Democracy. (2008) Journal of Democracy. Volume 19, Number 3. Retrieved October 22, 2008: http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:VIa5FGfIlKMJ:www.journalofdemocracy.org/articles/gratis/HaqqaniFradkin-19-3.pdf+Democracy+Islam&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&lr=lang_en
- Fuller, Graham E. (2008) "A world without Islam: what if Islam had never existed? To some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. Would Christianity have taken over the world? Would the Middle East be a peaceful beacon of democracy? Would 9/11 have happened? In fact, remove Islam from the path of history, and the world ends up exactly where it is today." Foreign Policy 164 (Jan-Feb 2008): 46(8).
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