By P. Quereshi
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
Islamic Democracy, sometimes referred to as Faisalism, is a confessional political ideology which defends the modernisation of Islamic societies by blending the principles of Islam with representative democracy. Islamic Democracy always refused to be an ethnically Arab political ideology due to the fact that not all Arabs are Moslem. Islamic Democracy refuses all religious radicalism.
In fact there are historical reasons for such position. Islam democrats see Islamic radicalism as an enemy. Islamic Democracy is often compared with Christian Democracy. Christian Democracy refuses such a comparison as they consider Islamic Democracy as too religiously minded, too Islamic and too state guided. On the other hand Christian Democrats recognise that this ideology was a strong qualitative step towards democracy among Muslim countries.
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