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Why Democracy, and Why Now?

Sachedina Abdulaziz

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
Why Democracy, and Why Now?

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Born in Tanzania, Sachedina studied at Aligarh Muslim University in India and Ferdowsi University in Iran, and he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on Islamic law, ethics, and theology, concentrating for more than a decade on social and political ethics, including interfaith and intrafaith relations and Islamic biomedical ethics. Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and a prolific author, Sachedina has publications that include Islamic Messianism, Human Rights and the Conflicts of Culture, The Just Ruler in Shiite Islam, and The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism.

A Shiite scholar, Sachedina makes an appeal to Muslims universally to reject extremist interpretations of Islam and to engage in the search for tolerance, pluralism, and civility. In particular, he warns Muslim intellectuals living in the West not to withdraw from this search in the erroneous belief that it is not their battle because they already enjoy the benefits of life in an open society. Sachedina warns that if they do not speak out, the extremist preachers and activists, who know how to speak to the people, will triumph.

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