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 principles and human rights values to Muslim countries. in this context, the question of constitutional borrowing gains special significance.”