Symposium on Islam, Democracy and Secularism

Sep 27, 2014 - Events, Symposium
Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 9AM – 6PM
Venue: Studio R, Renaissance Hotel, KL

In the modern age, the term democracy poses a formidable challenge to Islam. Muslim jurists have argued that law made by sovereign citizens is illegitimate because it substitutes human authority for God’s sovereignty.

This is due to the fact that the generally accepted view in Islam is that God is the only sovereign and ultimate source of legitimate law. How, then, can a democratic conception of the people’s authority be reconciled with an Islamic understanding of God’s authority? Moreover, claims about God’s sovereignty assume that the divine legislative will seeks to regulate all human interactions. And that Shari‘a is a complete moral code that prescribes for every eventuality.

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