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Islam and Democracy

The Compatibility Question in American Classrooms

Casey Donahue | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Casey Donahue

Just as I would not use an apple's core to study its skin, I would not rely solely on the Bible to understand America's Christian Right. It isn't fair to put on trial an Islamic text that is not authentically represented or agreed upon by its politicized constituents.

Turkish Delight Democracy

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Imam Abdullah Antepli

The land of Turkish delights is once again trying to prove to itself and to the rest of the world that it is on its way to producing the first homegrown Muslim democracy.

Turkey's Women Need Unity in Diversity

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

I personally saw many covered women who first supported the Gezi protests, when they became an open target of angry and violent crowds just because they chose to wear pious clothes, felt a threat to their lifestyle and remained quiet, fearing they would lose their democratic right to wear what they want.

Retribution Or Reconciliation: On Syria's Future

Raphael Harkham | Posted 03.10.2013 | Religion
Raphael Harkham

Eventually, the Syrian people will elect new leaders. If these leaders choose the path of retribution and tyranny, then they will follow the path Assad is on. But they should at least be given the opportunity to prove themselves. We can only hope that they learn from history.

Democracy at the Heart of Islamic Revival

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Much of what is happening in Egypt demonstrates that Islam and democracy are compatible. President Morsi has repeatedly stated that what he and Egyptians seek is a civil, not an Islamic, state -- one that will treat all its citizens equally, men and women, Muslim and non-Muslim.

Muslim Lite: Women, Islam and the Turkish Way

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Democracy is about the right to choose. Turkey is at a critical cusp, and I cannot help feeling that, with the proliferation of young women like these, the future of Turkey's democracy is in good hands.

What Does China Have to Do with Islam and Democracy?

Haroon Moghul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

While there are a large number of Muslim-majority countries that are not democracies, the majority of the world's Muslims live in democracies. Given that, why do so many authors paint the Muslim world as undemocratic?