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Rachid GhannouchiA Democrat Within Islamism$
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Azzam S. Tamimi

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140001.001.0001

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The Question of Democracy

The Question of Democracy

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(p.63) 3 The Question of Democracy
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Rachid Ghannouchi
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Azzam S. Tamimi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195140001.003.0003

In prison from 1980–84 Ghannouchi translates a number of works and writes some of his own on a number of topics including democracy, women's rights, and Palestine.

He is influenced by Malik Bennabi, whose treatise “Islam and Democracy” inspires him to lay the foundations for his own masterpiece Al‐Hurriyat al‐’Ammah (Public Liberties).

In this book, Ghannouchi attempts to address issues of great interest to modern activists and thinkers in the Muslim world and of direct relevance to the debate on the role Islam plays in the lives of Muslims in the modern world.

Freedom, citizenship rights, riddah (apostasy), democracy's Islamic roots, the foundations of an Islamic democracy, and such concepts as Islamic state, vicegerency, and shura are some of the topics addressed.

Keywords:   apostasy, Ben Ali, Bennabi, citizenship rights, democracy, freedom, Islamic state, riddah, shura, vicegerency, women rights

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