Considering Bureaucracy and Democracy in a Contemporary Islamic Governed State

  • Joseph J. Kaminski
Part of the Palgrave Series in Islamic Theology, Law, and History book series (ITLH)


This chapter looks at the other primary elements of an Islamic state such as bureaucracy and democratic participation. The argument offered suggests that many elements of non-Islamic thought within these areas are compatible with the same discourse on these topics that can be found within the primary Islamic sources. The focus of this chapter is on creating an Islamic governed state that is functional and just. This chapter engages in a robust discussion about contemporary public administration practices and the lack thereof in many Muslim countries today. At the core of a just state are just formal and informal institutions. Robert Dahl’s model of polyarchy is discussed in detail as an ideal goal for an Islamic governed state in that it offers a robust definition of democracy that is not necessarily inextricable from liberalism.


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  1. 1.International University of SarajevoSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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