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What is liberal Islam? The elusive reformation

El-Affendi, Abdelwahab A. (2003) What is liberal Islam? The elusive reformation. Journal of Democracy, 14 (2). pp. 34-39. ISSN 1086-3214


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While Islam as traditionally understood may not favor liberalism, the more "liberal" interpretations of Islam are not democracy friendly either, mainly because they lack wide popular support. The search for an "elusive" Islamic Reformation may not thus be right way to approach the democracy question. Even if such a "Reformation" were to materialize, it is likely to be divisive and disruptive in the short and medium terms. Meanwhile, the liberal movements with the most promising democratic potential appear to be those which have bypassed the theological question altogether and worked to build broad pro-democracy coalitions by agreeing to bypass divisive issues politicians are not equipped to solve.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1086-3214
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:1745
Deposited On:01 Jun 2006
Last Modified:02 Jul 2013 09:39

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