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Liberal democracy and political Islam: The search for common ground

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  • Mostapha Benhenda

    () (Ecole normale superieure, France)

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We seek to establish a dialogue between democratic and Islamic normative political theories. To that aim, we show that the conception of democracy underlying a prominent Islamic political model is procedural. We distinguish proceduralism from a liberal conception of democracy. Then, we explain how bringing together Islamic political theory and democracy alters the meaning of the latter. In other words, we show that democracy within Islam often means democracy within Islamic limits.

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  • Mostapha Benhenda, 2011. "Liberal democracy and political Islam: The search for common ground," Politics, Philosophy & Economics, , vol. 10(1), pages 88-115, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:pophec:v:10:y:2011:i:1:p:88-115
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