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Compatibility: Neither Required nor an Issue

Ullah Jan Abid

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
Compatibility: Neither Required nor an Issue

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A political analyst from Pakistan who graduated from the University of London, Abid Ullah Jan writes extensively on democracy, Islam, and terrorism, including A War on Islam? and The End of Democracy.

The author, who has written often on the topics of globalization, capitalism, and neo-colonialism, here notes the irony that Western governments insist on democratization in the Muslim world but in their actions support repressive dictatorships for fear that authentically Muslim governments will themselves be antidemocratic. The perception that Islamic states threaten democracy are baseless and border on racism. Jan urges his audience to establish a modern Islamic republic, which will be characterized by an effective separation of the four branches of government (the legislature, the executive, the courts, and the media), ensuring the conformity of laws with the shariah, and representing the interests and promoting the welfare of the people. If this succeeds, it will weaken radical Islamist groups and generate strong popular support.

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