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***SEMINAR*** 

Why has democracy not taken root in most Muslim countries? 

FAMILY OF THE HEART

 

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FAMILY OF THE HEART SEMINAR, APRIL 02, 2006

 Ziauddin Ahmed

OPENING ADDRESS BY ZIAUDDIN AHMED

The present trend of globalization of ideas and methods is bound to open up all of humanity to the influence of one another, and then through the natural process of evolution, is sure to make a new broth in the Universal cooking pot. more...

  Munir Pervaiz  

PAPER PRESENTED BY MUNIR PERVAIZ SAAMI

Democracy, as the will of the majority requires absolute protections of the rights of all minorities. My hope is that during their evolution to democratic systems, Muslim countries would give critical attention to fundamental human rights that include freedom of religion, speech, thought, and right of minorities.  more...

   Javed Chaudry

PAPER PRESENTED BY JAVED I. CHAUDRY

What is Islamís position on the type and style of government system to run a state? There is no simple and easy answer to this question. In fact, there are almost as many answers as there are Muslims. Since the Muslim world is not monolithic in its ideology, the views given by various Muslim scholars are mostly divergent. This is not necessarily an indication of a flaw in Islam but clearly a flaw in the interpretation and understanding of Islam and its doctrine. more...

Subuhi Ansari

PAPER PRESENTED BY SUBUHI ANSARI

Why have Muslim countries been unable to adopt the Westís model of democracy? Even where the governments are popularly elected such as in Iran and Pakistan, the form of government is not secular and certain basic individual rights are not granted. Womenís rights are specially violated. more...

    Gary Dale

PAPER PRESENTED BY GARY DALE

So how do we get the kinds of governments that will uphold our ideals? The first thing we need to do is to look at which governments currently do the best job of living up to Islamic ideals. Which nations do the best of job of ensuring that all their people can live with dignity? more...

   Farzana Hassan

CLOSING REMARKS BY FARZANA HASSAN

Again this is a characteristic of a democracy because of the principle of the "rule of law". Even the caliph was not above the law. The early Islamic society was also pluralistic based on verse 2:_256 of the Quran which says "there is no compulsion in religion" What this meant in practical terms was that Jews, Christians and other Non Muslim communities living inside of the Muslim state were not bound by Quranic edicts.  more...

PAPER PRESENTED BY KAthY JOHNSON

Each Muslim country in the Middle East and from the Magrib to Malaysia has its own particular story, its own relationship to democracy and its own relationship to the United States and the West.  Some are functioning parliamentary democracies, some are military dictatorships.   more...

   RASHID MUGHAL

COMMENTS FROM RASHID MUGHAL

While I applaud all the speakers, the moderator, and FOTH president Farzana Hassan, for sharing their learned insights about why democracy has not taken root in most Muslim countries, allow me to share with everyone, once again, the comment I made from a purely personal perspective before we concluded the topic of discussion at North York Central Library.more...