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Values as a Key Component of Good Governance: The Islamic Case

Date(s) - 11/23/2020
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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Contact Person:
Ruth Gopin

Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, where he was also the founding director of the Islamic Studies Program from 2007 to 2010. Khan is the author of Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan, which advances an Islamic political philosophy based on the concept of ihsan (to do beautiful things). The political philosophy of ihsan privileges process over structure, deeds over identity, love over law, and mercy and forgiveness over retribution. The work invites Muslims to strive to create a self-critical society that defends national virtue and generates institutions and practices that provide good governance.

In this conversation with Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari, Dr. Khan will offer a critical genealogy of Islamic political philosophy. He will review Sufi understandings of politics and argue that preliminary ideas advanced by Sufi thinkers like Saa’di indicate the potential to develop a political philosophy based on the mystical concept of ihsan. The discussion will expose the diversity of approaches to Islamic political thought in order to emphasize that the sharia-based approach to politics as advocated by Islamists is only one Islamic way of thinking about politics. In the context of rising models of governance which are undemocratic, Dr. Khan will emphasize the importance of values to any definition of good governance.

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