Islam och Västvärlden
: En komparativ studie rörande möjligheten till en förening mellan Sayyid Qutb och Tariq Ramadans olika syn på samhällsstrukturen och den västerländska liberala demokratin

Translated title of the thesis: Islam and the West: A Comparative Study Regarding the Possibility of Unity Between Sayyid Qutb's and Tariq Ramadan's Different Views on Social Structure and the Philosophy of Western Liberal Democracy
  • Calle A. Lindskoug

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    The purpose of this comparative study is to investigate if the views of Sayyid Qutb and Tariq Ramadan regarding social structure and religion are possible to unite with western liberal democracy. The basis of the study is the problematizing approaches written by Qutb and Ramadan regarding the possible unity between Islam and democracy. These problematizing approaches are then tested on the political philosophy of liberalism to see if a unity is possible.

    The result showed that Qutb's view did not meet the criteria of democracy, which wasn't surprising due to his negative views on the system. However, Ramadan's reformist view on Muslim identity did unite with the views of liberal democracy, though questions regarding the possibility of creating and preserving a European Muslim identity in the secular society were immediately brought to attention.

    The importance in Qutb's view is social equality, unity and submission to God and the importance of Ramadan's view is to create and preserve a European Muslim identity and adapt to the society where you live and participate as a citizen. Qutb's view will not tolerate diversity and one is to keep or convert to the Muslim faith. Ramadan's view however, adapts to the existing social structure.

    Date of Award2014-Jun-17
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorJohan Cato (Supervisor) & Mats Bergenhorn (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Teacher Education

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Social Sciences (5)


    • islam
    • democracy
    • liberalism
    • europe
    • muslim identity
    • tariq ramadan
    • sayyid qutb
    • social structure

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