Political Thinking on Islam and Democracy

The Case of Iran

Authored by: Ali M. Pedram

Routledge Handbook of Political Islam

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415484732
eBook ISBN: 9780203154144
Adobe ISBN: 9781136577239


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Seeking power from the Islamic point of view has been a major preoccupation for many Muslim scholars and recently for politicians and non-Muslim scholars. This issue is independent of epistemological arguments concerning whether and how Islam or any other religion can serve as a blueprint for governance. Serious changes have occurred within the international community as well as regional societies regarding the implementation or non-implementation of Islamic codes within socio-economic and political spheres. It has always been a challenge to measure and predict the politics of any given society. This task becomes more complex when the society in question is religiously driven. The emergence of nation-states and modernity in the West brought about a pattern of political development. This pattern was perceived by many as the inevitable destiny of every nation.

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