Nikola Gjorshoski and Goran Ilik
Nikola Gjorshoski, MA in 2011 has obtained master degree in Political sciences and international relations and currently is a PhD candidate also in the political sciences, module Political System. Currently he works at the Faculty of Law, University St. Clement of Ohrid - Bitola, like a young assistant and researcher in the following subjects: Political System, Constitutional Law, Introduction in Political Sciences, Local Self-Government. In this way he is author of several scientific articles and papers: Definition and basic values of modern conservatism (Bitola 2014), Sources and values of political Islam (Skopje 2015), Ethical access in politic (Skopje 2014), The need of reform on system of UN (Skopje 2013) etc. He is member of European Network on Access to Social Rights for Young People from 2013, as well as Local Youth Council on Municipality of Ohrid from 2014.

Dr. Goran Ilik is Associate Professor at Law faculty at University "St. Kliment Ohridski" - Bitola (North Macedonia). Currently, he is Dean of the Law faculty. The academic background includes BA in Law (International Law and International Relations), MA in Political Sciences (European Union Studies) and Ph.D. in Political Sciences with the specific interest in the European Union foreign, security and defense policy. The publication list contains papers, chapters, and monographs emphasizing the role of the European Union in the international relations, the institutional architecture of its foreign policy, the EU axiological performances and its international political power. Also, he is the author of the books: "Europe at the crossroads: The Treaty of Lisbon as a basis of European Union international identity" and "EUtopia: the international political power of the EU in the process of the ideologization of the post-American world". Dr. Goran Ilik is the co-founder of the Institute for Research and European Studies - Bitola.
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 5, No. 3 | January 2020
Nikola Gjorshoski and Goran Ilik
The question of the correlation between Islam, political Islam and liberal democracy has so far been the most exposed topic in exploring the democratic capacity of political Islam and Islamic societies in general. What is particularly intriguing about the relationship between political Islam and liberal democracy is the fact of its westernized triviality that has received a pejorative tone in Islamic political circles. Simplified, the triviality of liberal democracy for the Islamic political campus implies imposing a model of democracy that cannot be fully compatible with the original Muslim notion of society and government. Hence, the following paper analyzes exactly the relations of political Islam to specific inherent categories of liberal democracy such as the rule of law, representative government, the separation of powers and secularism as diferenta specifica of liberal western democratic discourse. Through the methods of induction and deduction, the author will illustrate how appropriate tangent or divergence is illustrated and how this is reflected in the general ideological positioning of political Islam towards liberal democracy in Muslim countries through an axiological and praxeological perspective.
Political Islam; Liberal Democracy; Sharia; Rule of Law; Separation of Powers; Secularism

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