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|Title:||Democracy and Islam: promises and perils for the Arab Spring protests|
|Author(s):||Bradley J. Cook, (Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, USA), Michael Stathis, (Department of Political Science, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, USA)|
|Citation:||Bradley J. Cook, Michael Stathis, (2012) "Democracy and Islam: promises and perils for the Arab Spring protests", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 3 Iss: 2, pp.175 - 186|
|Keywords:||Democracy, Governance, Islam, Organizational change, Public policy, Systems theory|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/20412561211260485 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – Democracy and Islam are both capable of multiple interpretations and applications. Islam possesses ideological resources that provide justification for a wide spectrum of political models. However, the compatibility of Islam and democracy relies on the critical questions of: “whose Islam” and “what Islam,” and “whose democracy” and “what democracy.” The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibilities and challenges of the recent democratic transitions in the Muslim world.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a discursive essay.
Findings – Islamic history has demonstrated that there is no monolithic construal of Islam and politics, and in fact history actually provides hope that a more representative and democratic government might result from the uprisings, with healthier, progressive elements of Islam emerging in ways that were not before possible.
Originality/value – While other observers have explored the compatibility question of Islam and democracy, very little has been written on the recent political upheavals situating the question within this context.