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The Question of Democracy

Azzam S. Tamimi

in Rachid Ghannouchi

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140002
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834723 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140001.003.0003

Series: Religion and Global Politics

The Question of Democracy

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In prison from 1980–84 Ghannouchi translates a number of works and writes some of his own on a number of topics including democracy, women's rights, and Palestine.

He is influenced by Malik Bennabi, whose treatise “Islam and Democracy” inspires him to lay the foundations for his own masterpiece Al‐Hurriyat al‐’Ammah (Public Liberties).

In this book, Ghannouchi attempts to address issues of great interest to modern activists and thinkers in the Muslim world and of direct relevance to the debate on the role Islam plays in the lives of Muslims in the modern world.

Freedom, citizenship rights, riddah (apostasy), democracy's Islamic roots, the foundations of an Islamic democracy, and such concepts as Islamic state, vicegerency, and shura are some of the topics addressed.

Keywords: apostasy; Ben Ali; Bennabi; citizenship rights; democracy; freedom; Islamic state; riddah; shura; vicegerency; women rights

Chapter.  24456 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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