By Jean-Paul Gagnon (auth.)
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Specific approaches to Islam, or rather specific readings of the Qur’an, are compatible with a number of different models of democracy. Indeed, Abdalla and Rane go further to argue that Islam has a rich history of contributions to democratic politics and thinking. I think that contemporary scholars of democracy, both English speaking and not, The Changing History of Democracy 35 are increasingly re-discovering the contributions throughout history that Arabs and Muslims have made to democratic phenomena.
Muhlberger had, for instance, argued that Ancient India was just as democratically vibrant as the arena of ancient democratic Hellas. I suppose the trouble is that these thinkers, the Ernest Barkers, from bygone eras were presenting arguments about democracy that were not in wide favour. Thinkers have argued, and continue to argue, that different types and practices of democracy should have equal place in the historical record. I’m not sure if these many and unique instances of democratic phenomena should be subsumed by a ‘forum type’ classification.
In that sense I have got quite a confident approach to thinking about democracy; but it’s not at all a popular approach and it’s not in any danger of sort of becoming so in the short term. Democracy versus despotism and autocracy Gagnon: I agree with you that democracy, its multifarious histories, meanings, theories and practices, are each in epistemological crisis (which is something you speak to in your book Breaking Democracy’s Spell ). What is one and what is the other and who knows them all?
Democratic Theorists in Conversation: Turns in Contemporary Thought by Jean-Paul Gagnon (auth.)