Islamist Obstacles to Democracy

Azzam S. Tamimi

in Rachid Ghannouchi

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140002
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834723 | DOI:

Series: Religion and Global Politics

Islamist Obstacles to Democracy

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Within Islamic circles there are those, such as the affiliates of Hizb‐ut‐Tahrir and the followers of the school of thought headed by Ayman Dhawahiri (often written as Zawahiri), who constitute an obstacle to democratization because of their campaign against democracy and whatever Muslims may borrow from the “infidel” West.

Such groups claim to be the rightful followers of Sayyid Qutb whose key concepts of hakimiyah and jahiliyah they have incorporated into their discourse.

These groups confuse the religious with the political in Islam, a confusion that leads to misinterpreting Islamic religious text and misunderstanding Islamic history.

The theory of faraghat (spaces) is proposed as a model to explain the concept of ijtihad in political thought.

Keywords: Ayman Dhawahiri; Faraghat; Hakimiyah; Hizb‐ut‐Tahrir; Ijtihad; Jahiliyah; Sayyid Qutb; Zawahiri

Chapter.  10754 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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