A Comparative Study of Islam and Modern Democratic Ideals
Sana Tahzeeb

The question of whether Islam can give rise to human rights and democracy is a deep concern for politicians and policy makers. The desire to find within Islam the source and motivation for democratic governance is very strong among Muslims. It is reflected in the writings of those who strive to relate their Islamic faith and their life in both conditions of being in majority Muslim democratic state like Turkey or Indonesia and in minority Muslim communities in western or oriental states. Based on Islam’s authoritative sources, this paper speaks about this global ferment by demonstrating that the political agendas promoting democracy and human values can be grounded in the Quran, it demonstrates Islam’s compatibility with liberal democracy and its values in the realm of government and law.

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