Abstract

Abstract:

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 34-39
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-24
Open Access
No
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