Islam/ism and Democracy: Past the Compatibiltiy Problem and towards the Post-Islamist Turn

Matthew J. Gordner


This article addresses of some the shortcomings in the literature on “Islam/ism and democracy” that result from questioning whether Islam/ism and democracy are compatible. I argue, contrary to the compatibility paradigm, that what is important is how Muslims believe in and practice democracy. I examine “post-Islamist” discourses and politics as potential democratizing movements that support an admixture of rights-based claims and Islamic legitimacy.

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