What I read – 2010-11-07

  • Making Muslim Democracies « Boston Review – Jan-Werner Müller writes about Christian democracy as a possible analogy for Muslim countries. He traces the development of Christian democracy back to early, anti-democratic Catholic predecessors mainly opposing socialism and liberalism, which later evolved into popular oecumenic parties. As a reason for this development, Müller rejects both the Vatican's (late) direction and the “pothole theory” of moderation and democratization, but argues that thinkers such as Maritain provided concepts that allowed these parties to make "widely agreeable proposals based on Christian values" to please both believers and non-believers. He implies that modern Muslim thinkers might have a similar role for the formation of Muslim democracies.

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