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Religious democracy

Religious democracy[1] is a form of government where the values of a particular religion affect laws and rules. This term is most often used when a majority of a state's population has one religion.

Democracies are characterized as secular or religious.[2]


Two major criticisms of religious democracy are widespread[3][4]

  • From the Legal point of view, democracy can never enjoy general acceptance in a religious society. Anything outside of rigid interpretation of religious texts is rejected and God rather than the people is sovereign.


Historical democracies with state sponsored religious laws:

Contemporary democracies with state religions:

Jewish Democracies:

Christian Democracies:

Islamic Democracies:

Contemporary states with state religions that claim to be democratic but are not recognised as such by the international community:

See also


  1. ^ AbdolKarim Soroush :: عبدالکريم سروش
  2. ^ 1904063187 : 9781904063186:Theory of Religious Democracy
  3. ^ WorldWide Religious News-President Says Democracy Conforms With Religion in Iran
  4. ^
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