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      Political thought of Al-Ghazali on Imamah: Debate between theocracy and democracy

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          Al-Ghazali is a Muslim scientist who masters almost all relevant Islamic scholarly disciplines. His analysis is so trenchant for every phenomenon that appears in society. The results of his thought are mostly applicable in several situations to Muslims. This study aims to uncover Al-Ghazali's views about the concept of Islamic leadership. This study supports by looking at comments from figures about various forms of Al-Ghazali's political thought. This study finds that Al-Ghazali's political thought is theodemocracy, where the people must support the leadership under religion's demands (Islam). Thus, Al-Ghazali did not replace one of the sects: Shi'a or Sunni, related to Islamic leadership, but he took to combine the two of them. CONTRIBUTION: Al-Ghazali is a scholar who is a reference for Muslims until today, especially Sunnis. Muslims can consider Al-Ghazali's thoughts on the concept of theo-democratic leadership. It is usable for Muslims who live in countries that adhere to democracy or Islamic countries who want to build a democratic system

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          Sejarah Pemikiran dan Peradaban Islam

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                Journal
                hts
                HTS Theological Studies
                Herv. teol. stud.
                Reformed Theological College of the Netherdutch Reformed Church of Africa at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria and Society for Practical Theology in South Africa (Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa )
                0259-9422
                2072-8050
                2021
                : 77
                : 3
                : 1-8
                Affiliations
                [01] Pontianak orgnameInstitut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Pontianak orgdiv1Faculty of Ushuluddin, Adab dan Dakwah orgdiv2Department of Ilmu Al-Qur'an dan Tafsir Indonesia
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                S0259-94222021000300006 S0259-9422(21)07700300006
                10.4102/hts.v77i3.6338
                09e2dd94-f635-44b8-b7e8-db4e82c88d30

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

                History
                : 17 September 2020
                : 16 February 2021
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                Figures: 0, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 31, Pages: 8
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                SciELO South Africa

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                Al-Ghazali,Sunni Muslims,theo-democracy,leadership,Islamic leadership,Imamat,politics

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