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Maqasid-based good governance in theory and practice: the case of the Arab Spring in Egypt

Salim, Toha and Akhmetova, Elmira (2017) Maqasid-based good governance in theory and practice: the case of the Arab Spring in Egypt. In: 6th International Conference on Islamic Jurisprudence (ICIJ 2017), 21st-23rd Feb. 2017, Kuala Lumpur. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper is an attempt to discuss the topic of good governance in Islam as a part of the main objectives of the Shari’ah by studying the case of the Arab Spring in Egypt. It addresses the historical and ideological roots behind various issues which led to the failure of the Islamists in Egypt in establishing good governance and to address the crises anchored in those thoughts that can help overcome challenges faced in the realm of good governance. As the paper establishes, Islamic sources provide the principles which can serve as the foundations of good governance in the contemporary world. Good governance means a set of institutions and policies that can effectively and successfully address the social, economic and political issues for the betterment of humanity. By analyzing the main trends in the contemporary Islamic political thought, i.e. traditionalists, salafists and reformists, the paper suggests that the weaknesses of these trends in understanding good governance and Maqasid-based political thought of Islam were the main reasons which contributed to the failure of the Arab Spring in Egypt. At the end, the paper suggests that Islamic jurisprudence and ethics should play an effective role in directing the contemporary Islamic political thought towards a model of good governance, while Maqasid al-Shari’ah is a necessary tool to widen the scope of the application of Islamic ethos in the contemporary context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Additional Information: 7311/57393
Uncontrolled Keywords: good governance, Egypt, Morsi, Maqasid al-Shari’ah, wellbeing, the Arab Spring.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.5 Islam and world politics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.6 Islam and the state
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.63 Islam and civil society
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.7 Islam and politics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF1338 Public administration
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF799 Political rights. Political participation
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of History & Civilization
Depositing User: Dr Elmira Akhmetova
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 09:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57393

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