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The Search for Democratic Pluralism in Islam

Abdulaziz Sachedina

in The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139914
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139914.003.0001
The Search for Democratic Pluralism in Islam

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This chapter seeks to identify the role of religion in governance and politics. Emphasis is given on how religious institutions should or should not play in fighting social and political injustices in the secular world. Religion's ascendancy in the 1970's sought the realization of universal global community with a common vision and destiny. This general, universal religion is visible in the peace movement, environmentalism, and debates on the ethics of biotechnology and human cloning. Religious consciousness goes beyond relative human response to the divine. It asserts the universal social dimensions of one's purely personal and private faith in order to project them in the world. Social responsibility, at least in Abrahamic traditions, has always been a major motivation for the cultivation of shared ethical concerns and objectives that are prerequisites to the very possibility of a just social order.

Keywords: social injustices; political injustices; secular world; universal religion; peace movement; environmentalism; biotechnology; human cloning; faith; abrahamic traditions

Chapter.  8441 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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