Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-2010

Abstract

Islamic parties have won parliamentary elections in several countries in recent years, leading some observers to speculate that Muslims vote Islamic whenever they are given the chance. However, a review of every parliamentary election in Muslim societies over the past 40 years shows that Islamic parties often compete and rarely win—and the freer the election, the worse these parties perform. In addition, an unprecedented collection of Islamic party platforms shows that Islamic parties have transformed since the 1980s, publicly endorsing democracy and women's rights and de-emphasizing shari'a and jihad. This record suggests that Islamic parties have embraced elections more than engulfing them.

Keywords

Elections, Muslims, Islamic states

Discipline

Asian Studies | Islamic World and Near East History | Political Science

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Journal of Democracy

Volume

21

Issue

2

First Page

50

Last Page

63

ISSN

1045-5736

Identifier

10.1353/jod.0.0163

Publisher

Johns Hopkins University Press

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jod.0.0163

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