December 23rd, 2010
Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, is publishing Public Accommodation of Islam in Liberal Democracy in Politics and Religion. From the Abstract:
This article raises the question of what kinds of commitments to gender equality and democratic decision-making are sufficient for a democratic order, and whether modernist Islamic teachings manifest a satisfactory normative commitment in this regard. It uses the arguments of two modern Muslim reformist scholars – Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī and ‘Abd al-Halīm Abū Shuqqa – as evidence to argue that if the relevant degree of commitment to gender equality is understood from the perspective political rather than comprehensive liberalism, doctrines such as those elaborated by these two religious scholars evidence sufficient commitment to the value of political equality between men and women.