Chapter: Democracy and Its (Muslim) Critics: An Islamic Alternative to Democracy?

Abdelwahab El-Affendi (University of Westminster) is the author of the chapter, "Democracy and Its (Muslim) Critics: An Islamic Alternative to Democracy?", in the contributed volume, "Islamic Democratic Discourse: Theory, Debates, and Philosophical Perspectives", ed. M.A. Muqtedar Khan (Lexington Books, 2006: pp. 227-56).

Excerpt: "One can find what seems like a consensus among the various lines of thinking which object to democracy on Islamic grounds and seek to promote more authentic alternatives. All these schools of thought ... see the Islamic state as an 'Islamic constitutional' polity where Islamic law is supreme. All seem to agree that the establishment of Islamic law is the prerogative of certain privileged and especially qualified individuals".
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