The Dichotomy Between Western and Islamic Democracy: An Eagle View into The Thematic Tenets

  • Sheriff Ghali Ibrahim University of Abuja
  • Aliyu Isa Muhammed university of Abuja


The paper analyses the dichotomy between western and Islamic democracy, X-raying the thematic tenets as point of departure. Using the secondary method, the paper discovers that the dominant trend of monarchical or authoritarian governments in most Muslim states or because of certain events that have taken place within their borders, has been and is frequently used by the west especially to make the claim that Islamic law is not compatible with democracy and that democracy is even neglected in the provisions of the holy Qur’an. The paper concludes that Islamic law according to what can be traced to its primary sources ( Quran and sunnah) does not only support democracy and people’s participation in the state affairs, but even possesses provisions  that command counseling and consultation , equality, accountability among others. The paper recommends that in this context, it is suggested that the contemporary Muslim scholars and the jurists must widen the parameters of their knowledge outside the Islamic realm, and must have deep understanding of the Qur’anic sciences in the light of the Sunnah of the prophet, his companion and changed context. They should be experts regarding the wording of the Qur’anic language. The general principles of the Quran are consisted of perfect wording and are universally suitable for all the nations of the world such as principle of equality, justice, public interest and principle to establish a welfare state.


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Author Biographies

Sheriff Ghali Ibrahim, University of Abuja

Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, Abuja-Nigeria

Aliyu Isa Muhammed, university of Abuja

Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Abuja, Abu


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How to Cite
Ibrahim, S. G., & Muhammed, A. I. (2018). The Dichotomy Between Western and Islamic Democracy: An Eagle View into The Thematic Tenets. SOCIALSCI JOURNAL, 2, 227-243. Retrieved from
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