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CSID Workshop in Bahrain: Islam and Democracy – Towards an Effective Citizenship

Twenty-Five Activists from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain Participated in a Workshop on Islam and Democracy
On Friday, January 23, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), in coordination with the Socio-Cultural Renewal Society in Bahrain, concluded a three-day workshop, which included lectures by Radwan Masmoudi  (President, CSID) and Aly Abuzaakuk (CSID Director of Programs).

Twenty-five activists from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain participated in this workshop. The participants were introduced to a one of its kind education book on “Islam and Democracy: Toward Effective Citizenship”, dedicated to teaching democratic concepts.  The book provides basic information on the form of democracy recognized by the international community and explains the possible types of democracy in the Muslim world. The book clarifies the relationship between the basic principles of Islam and democracy. The book also discusses how to monitor the abuse of power through studying Islamic and democratic political thought.
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CSID President, Dr. Radwan Masmoudi, pointed out to the number of similar workshops that he organized in various Arab countries and that more than 3000 trainees have benefited from such workshops, which turn trainees into trainers in their local settings.  Dr. Masmoudi confirms that democracy, though feared by Arab governments, is pursued by Arab citizens. The workshop aims at promoting freedom of thought and expression and ensuring that differences in opinion are respected in the Arab society.

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