Democracy & Constitutionalism

Islamic Constitutionalism and the Concept of Democracy

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. Recent developments in the Arab World, especially those surrounding the Gulf War, prompted demands for the introduction of democratic changes to systems of government in that region. These demands spurred a broad-based debate among Muslims concerned about the correct Islamic point of view on the subject. This article contributes to the …

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Interpreting the Qur’an and the Constitution: Similarities in the Use of Text, Tradition, and Reason in Islamic and American Jurisprudence

By: Asifa Quraishi-Landes Can interpreting the Qur’an be anything like interpreting the Constitution? These documents are usually seen to represent overwhelming opposites in our global legal and cultural landscapes. How, after all, can there be any room for comparison between a legal system founded on revelation and one based on a man-made document? What this …

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Islamic & American Constitutional Law by Dr. Azizah al-Hibri

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. Islam is commonly viewed in the West as being incompatible with democracy. It is also viewed as an “Oriental” religion that has spawned violence and encouraged human rights violations. Because of the historical interaction between the West and Islam, the United States has recently been supporting efforts to export its democratic …

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KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (“KARAMAH”) is a research-based educational organization. We strive to advance justice, gender equity, civil rights, and religious freedom within our Muslim community, in our society, and globally. The Executive Orders promulgated by President Trump violate the United States Constitution, harm national security, particularly harm women and children, risk …

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