Religious democracy[1] is a form of government where the values of a particular religion affect laws and rules. The term applies to all countries in which religion is incorporated into the form of government.

Democracies are characterized as secular or religious.[2] The definition of democracy is disputed and interpreted differently amongst politicians and scholars. It could be argued if only liberal democracy is true democracy, if religion can be incorporated into democracy, or if religion is a necessity for democracy. The religiosity of political leaders can also have an effect on the practice of democracy.

Criticism

Major criticism of religious democracy include criticism from the secular and the legalist points of view.[3][4]

Examples

Historical democracies with state sponsored religious laws:

Contemporary democracies with state religions:

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

See also

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