State and the metaphor of trusteeship in religious democracy

Document Type : Research Paper



This article argues that the metaphor of trusteeship can elaborate the meaning of state and power in Islamic system and religious democracy. The concept of state and power as a kind of trust could help to extract the similarities among trusteeship in its general concept and the state, power and statesmanship. Author argues that this way, he could explain the nature of power and state in Islam. He argues that trusteeship in its general concept has a Trans temporal and Trans local and Trans generational value, which is not suspendable in Islam. Trust is a practical concept in accomplishment of religious democracy and good governance in Islamic republic and its feasibility among rulers and ruled people in different aspects as in elections could strengthen social and political capital and psychological security in Iran.