The Role of Islam in the Public Square

Guidance or Governance?

Abdulaziz Sachedina

The Role of Islam in the Public Square
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Abdulaziz Sachedina

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24 pages | 6-3/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2006
Paper $16.50 ISBN: 9789053568255 Published June 2006 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Role of Islam in the Public Square tackles the critical role of religion in the development of democratic institutions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Constitutional debates, Abdulaziz Sachedina asserts, have yet to address the role of religious convictions alongside their citizens’ basic freedoms and rights. Sachedina argues that the way in which religious values are defined in Afghanistan and Iraq remains a major stumbling block, and that an inclusive sense of citizenship—one that transcends doctrinal and theological uniformity—is needed if democracy is to succeed in both countries.
"The Role of Islam in the Public Square:  Guidance or Governance?
The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) Annual Lecture, 8 December, 2003 at the Academy Building, Leiden University
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