Political Islam and Democracy

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Mariem Masmoudi



On 14 May 2008, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)
held its ninth annual conference, entitled “Political Islam and Democracy:
What Do Islamists and Islamic Movements Want?” at the Marriot Renaissance
Hotel. This event brought together a distinguished group of experts to
discuss the relationship between religion and democracy, the Muslim
Brotherhood and democratic evolution, negotiating and implementing
democracy in diverse contexts, and other related topics.
The first session, which included Nelly Lahoud (professor of political
theory, Goucher College), Mark Gould (professor of sociology, Haverford
College), and Amr Hamzawy (senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) raised such issues as dismissing the idea that Islam and
democracy are mutually exclusive and discrediting the terrorists who have
hijacked Islam and turned it into the very things it stands against: radicalism,
closed-mindedness, intolerance, and violence. Gould discussed “Sovereignty
of God: Constitutional Processes in Islam and Christianity,” and Hamzawy
delved into an analysis of the Brotherhood’s draft party platform ...

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