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Title: Democracy in Islamic and international law : a case study of Saudi Arabia
Author: Al-Harbi, Ibrahim Sulaiman
ISNI:       0000 0004 2688 836X
Awarding Body: Brunel University
Current Institution: Brunel University
Date of Award: 2010
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Following the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, Muslim nations have been placed in the spotlight of international debate; the prevailing understanding is that democracy and Islam are fundamentally incompatible. This verdict is particularly damning in light of the trend in International Law which, since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, has equated democracy with human rights. Yet, a thorough analysis of the debate, taking into account the historical and theoretical bases of liberal democracy — the cultural, legal, and political development of Islam, and the extent to which the politics of Islamic countries represents the politics of Islam — reveals that democracy and Islam are, in fact, fundamentally compatible. In practice, Islamic Law can be applied alongside developments in democratic representations and human rights, whilst popular perceptions of Islam as inhibiting development in human rights are often unfounded, as can be demonstrated by examining the case of Saudi Arabia.
Supervisor: Rehman, J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Evolution of democracy ; Role of Muslim scholars in development of democracy ; Conceptualising modern democracy in international and comparative law ; Democracy and international human rights ; The form of government in Islamic law