Wilayat al-faqih and Democracy

Book Section (Chapter)

The concept of wilayat al-faqih as a type of Shi`ite Islamic government gained currency after the Islamic revolution in Iran, and it has now been experienced for more than a quarter of a century. A key question in contemporary Iranian politics is the compatibility of the wilayat al-faqih with democracy. The paper describes and criticizes the two views and analyzes the third with approval.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kadivar, M

Cited Editors

  • Afsaruddin, A

Published Date

  • December 2011

Book Title

  • Islam, the State and Political Authority, Medieval Issues and Modern Concerns


  • 11

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 224

Published By

Place of Publication

  • New York


  • 272

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1137002026

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781137002020