Qur’anic guidance for good governance: A contemporary perspective
Qur’anic guidance for good governance: A contemporary perspective. Edited by Abdullah al-Ahsan and Stephen B. Young, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, Pp. XII + 227, ISBN: 978-3-319-57872-9.
Reviewer: Foyasal Khan, PhD Candidate (Economics), International Islamic University Malaysia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The term “good governance” is very popular and found in seminars, conferences, books, and also in the speeches of political leaders regardless of their legitimacy to assume into power. Thus good governance has become a buzzword. However, there is a serious lack of academic work on good governance in Islam. From that perspective, the edited book by Abdullah al-Ahsan and Stephen B. Young is definitely a welcome addition. This book provides a contemporary perspective, as the two editors claim, on studying religious principles of good governance. They contend that though the contemporary social science literature has marginalized religious ideas, a historic role of religion in the organization of societies cannot be neglected. This book encompasses the values and practices derived from the Qur’an that can contribute to governing economic, social, and political life.