Handbook on the Rule of Law
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Handbook on the Rule of Law

Edited by Christopher May and Adam Winchester

The discussion of the norm of the rule of law has broken out of the confines of jurisprudence and is of growing interest to many non-legal researchers. A range of issues are explored in this volume that will help non-specialists with an interest in the rule of law develop a nuanced understanding of its character and political implications. It is explicitly aimed at those who know the rule of law is important and while having little legal background, would like to know more about the norm.
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Chapter 21: The rule of law and Islam

Jerg Gutmann and Stefan Voigt


Islam, and political Islam in particular, has been stylized in the West as incompatible with some fundamental norms of Western democracies. In this chapter, we ask whether political Islam is compatible with the rule of law. We argue that Muslims who prefer a traditionalist interpretation of Islam are unlikely to appreciate the rule of law. We further discuss specific areas in which Muslim societies might struggle with implementing the rule of law and discuss empirical evidence on the realization of the rule of law in Muslim and non-Muslim countries.

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