By Sayed Khatab, Gary D. Bouma

Challenging the view of Islamic extremists and critics of Islam, this ebook explores the very topical factor of Islam’s compatibility with democracy. It examines:

  • principles of Islam's political thought and the inspiration of democracy therein
  • the idea of democracy in medieval and smooth Muslim proposal
  • Islam and human rights
  • the contribution of Islamic criminal principles to ecu felony philosophy and law.

The publication addresses the urgent want for a scientific exhibit of an Islamic politics of human rights and democracy grounded within the Qur’an. The West wonders approximately Islam and human rights, and its personal skill to include Muslim minority groups. Many Muslims additionally search to discover inside of Islam aid resource for democratic governance and human rights.

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Making no difference between them’ (Qur’an 2:136). This primary Islamic disposition, which is a fundamental part in Islamic faith, also provides the foundation for plurality that because it was implemented in the first Islamic state it cannot be denied in any Islamic state since then. Islamic teaching has been based on appeal to the mind and the conscience. 12 Islam provides guides to freedom, justice and equality, and choices based on intelligence and reason. It expresses justice as a comprehensive concept, not limited to political or economic concerns and not confined to a particular sphere of human rights or human affairs.

This committee discussed a few options and finally elected Abu Bakr and nominated him to the people. Because Abu Bakr’s qualification and skills were recognised by Muhammad, the people accepted the committee’s nomination of Abu Bakr and swore allegiance to him. 88 Similarly, Abu Bakr nominated one person (‘Umar) to succeed him in the office, but his doing so did not compel the assent of the people, and they would have been within their rights to reject ‘Umar, but the people swore allegiance to him.

On its universal values, Islam, as Antony Black asserts, established ‘A new kind of political society . . qxd 30 25/5/07 8:03 PM Page 30 The notion of democratic participation obliged to join as Arabs are . . the only basis for human superiority is piety and knowledge . . there was a religious duty to provide for the needy (especially orphans) by charity (zakat: alms). 5 These principles were among the foundations upon which the first Islamic state was established in the seventh-century world: Islam established a state on its own ideology and made it a welfare state open to all humanity regardless of religion, ethnicity, language or other privilege.

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