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Islamic Shura: Religion, State and Democracy

Obaidullah Fahad (Author)

Drawing on his two decades of research across the breath of he literature available in Arabic, Urdu and English languages, the author explores the development and works out the feasibility of the democratic Islamic polity institutionalized in Islamic Shura which was successfully implemented and strengthened by the Holy Prophet of Islam and his rightly-guided caliphs in the golden period of history and which is still updated, relevant and remarkable and calls upon the Muslim and the non-Muslim world as well to experience it gracefully. Islamic Shura, as discussed in this timely and carefully researched work, represents a highly democratic set up of politics and governance in slam. The book examines most of the classical political thinkers and modern Muslim intellectuals and activists on the theme of Islam and democracy and portrays a humane democratic Islamic political system based on Shrua. It also compares it critically with the modern executives of the world and traces honestly an Islamic system of government based on popular consent and democracy which is most liberal and wholeheartedly welcoming to other cultures and religions, in its own paradigm. The book also emphasizes on the emergent need to reformulate the democratic Islam in the light of the two permanent sources of Islam-Qur?an and Sunnah-coping with the contemporary world.

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About the author

Obaidullah Fahad

Dr. Obaidullah Fahad is a senior faculty member in Islamic Studies of Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. He completed three projects on “Concept of Shura in Islam”, “Theory of Hakimiyah in Islamic Polity” and “Islamic Theory of Khilafah” under IOS New Delhi. He played a leading role in an academic project jointly sponsored by the Muslim World League, Makkah and International Islamic Federation of the Students Organizations, Kuwait in order to analyse the socio-cultural situation of the Chinese Muslims. For that purpose he visited in 1990 China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia respectively. He is member of Majlis Talimi (Academic Council) and Majlis al-Shura (Executive Council) of Jamiatul Falah (The Islamic Seminary at Azamgarh), and the author of more than two dozen book in Urdu and English languages. Apart from organizing ten seminars, he has participated with scholarly papers in more than fifty conferences/seminars and contributed more than hundred articles in the journals of national and international repute. His books include: Principles of Diplomacy in Islam, Islamic Revivalism: An Approach Study and Islamic Polity and Orientalists.

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Title Islamic Shura: Religion, State and Democracy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183870627
length xii+470p.