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dc.contributor.advisorHafez, Mohammed M.
dc.contributor.authorBautista, Jeremiah B.
dc.dateDec-14
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-18T00:17:09Z
dc.date.available2015-02-18T00:17:09Z
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/44518
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe primary aim of this thesis is to reexamine the Islam-democracy debate through the lens of Wasatiyya, a contemporary tendency in Islam that espouses centrist positions on religious, political, cultural and other aspects of society. Wasatiyya asserts that Islam and democracy are inherently compatible because they share many defining features, from popular sovereignty and representative government, to separation of powers and freedom and human rights. Through documentary analysis of existing literature on Islam and democracy, this thesis examines Wasatiyya arguments supporting the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and analyzes how these arguments stand up against contemporary measures of democratic standards. These methods are geared toward the goal of determining the democraticness of Wasatiyya in conceptual terms, while examining its real world application through the Wasatiyya-backed Constitution of the Tunisian Republic. Wasatiyya encourages Muslims to strive to use reason within Islamic guidelines. It views the issue of Islam and democracy as a product of historical struggle within Islam to fit with modernity. Wasatiyya acknowledges that democracy has its pros and cons, but it is also convinced that today, democracy is the best form of government available that could promote the best interest of Islam and the Ummah (Muslim nation).en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/reexaminingislam1094544518
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleReexamining Islam and democracy through the Wasatiyya perspectiveen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGingeras, Ryan
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorWasatiyyaen_US
dc.subject.authorIslam and democracyen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic democracyen_US
dc.subject.authorDemocracy in the Muslim Worlden_US
dc.subject.authorDemocratizationen_US
dc.subject.authorResurgence of Islamen_US
dc.subject.authorModernist Islamen_US
dc.subject.authorModerate Islamistsen_US
dc.subject.authorPolitical Islamen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamismen_US
dc.subject.authorState in Islamen_US
dc.subject.authorPopular Sovereignty and Government in Islamen_US
dc.subject.authorFreedom and Rights in Islamen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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