2ND INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON ISLAMIC THOUGHT , 2009-10-06

Title : ( Religious Democracy: A Possibility or Impossibility )

Authors: Mohsen Khalili ,

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The combination of religion and democracy to create the concept of (religious democracy) entails that both the will of people and demands of religion should be taken into account at the same time. The concept itself is not an innovation, whether theoretically or historically. Nevertheless, its formation as a legal and political system was owed to the Islamic Revolution led by Imam Khomeini, after a nation-wide referendum in March 1979. Examining three forms of government, that is, non-religious democracy, undemocratic theocracy, and irreligious undemocratic political regimes, the author argues that the concept of religious democracy is the result of combining several strands of human thought. Given the significance of the practicality of a political theory, the question is whether a religious democracy can meet the demands of its both aspects. The author argues that the religious democracy pseudo-theory, in practice, can neither achieve its democratic aims nor its religious ends. For this purpose, after a theoretical discussion, he examines three articles of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is an exemplar of the codification of the theory of religious democracy.

Keywords

, religious democracy, critical analysis, the Constitution of the Islamic republic of Iran, general system politics , the interpretation of the constitution, the Islamic consultative assembly s right of inquiry
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%T Religious Democracy: A Possibility or Impossibility
%A Khalili, Mohsen
%J 2ND INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON ISLAMIC THOUGHT
%D 2009

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