A Democrat Within Islamism
By Azzam S. Tamimi
Hardback 280 Pages
Oxford University Press
OUP USA Religion and Global Politics
978-0-19-514000-2 - 06 December 2001
In this book, Azzam Tamimi introduces the thought of Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi,
the renowned Islamist political activist who heads Tunisia's most important -
albeit banned - Islamist political opposition to the current authoritarian
regime of Zine Abidine Ben Ali.
Ghannouchi is the leader of a school in modern Islamic political thought that
advocates democracy and pluralism. He believes democracy to be a set of
mechanisms for guaranteeing the sovereignty of the people and for supplying
safety valves against corruption and the hegemonic monopoly of power. While
insisting on the compatibility of democracy with Islam, he believes that because
of their secular foundations contemporary forms of liberal democracy may not
suit Muslim societies. He insists, however, that Islam is compatible with
Western thought in matters concerning the system of government, human rights,
and civil liberties.
Readership: Students and scholars of
Islam, political science, and world affairs.
Dr Azzam Tamimiis the director of the
Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IIPT), London. He has been visiting
professor at Kyoto University (2004) and Nagoya University (2006). He writes and
lectures on issues related to Islamic political thought and Middle Eastern
politics. He is a regular commentator on the Arabic satellite channel al-Jazeera
and makes frequent appearances on a number of other channels, both English and
He is an outspoken voice against corruption, injustice and the occupation of
Palestine. With a strong grounding in Shari'ah and modern-day academia.
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