Political Legitimacy, Democracy and Islamic Law: The Place of Self‐Government in Islamic Political Thought

@inproceedings{Fadel2018PoliticalLD,
  title={Political Legitimacy, Democracy and Islamic Law: The Place of Self‐Government in Islamic Political Thought},
  author={Mohammad H. Fadel},
  year={2018}
}
Contemporary Political Islam, or Islamism, is commonly defined as a movement that seeks to apply the Sharīʿa as the basic law of Muslim states. This suggests that political legitimacy in Islamic thought can be reduced to the conformity of a polity’s actions to a pre-determined body of rules that are supplied by revelation, as supplemented by the interpretations of jurists. Such a demand is reasonably understood to be non-democratic because it includes no room for self-government by making it… CONTINUE READING
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