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    Democracy in the Middle East

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    Quote by Shaker Al-Nabulsi, on why democracy is rejected in the Middle East

    Because democracy will threaten the thrones and the bribes. Why? Because democracy will give the people back their stolen rights. Why? Because democracy will prevent them from handing down the reign (to their sons) in dynastic states. Why? Because democracy will cut off the fuel supply to the ruling families. Why? Because democracy will stop the corruption and treat the people fairly. And ultimately, why? Because democracy will expel the serpent from its lair of tyranny. That is why the Arab world's leaders are quivering because of democracy.
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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    i think there is some truth in that.
    but i should emphasize that the change has to come from within.
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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    Quote Originally Posted by snakelegs View Post
    i think there is some truth in that.
    but i should emphasize that the change has to come from within.
    Bingo.

    Democracy is a great thing when the people themselves fight for and achieve it.

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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    i don't really know why i said "some" truth in the OP - i think it is true.
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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    Quote Originally Posted by Muezzin View Post
    Bingo.

    Democracy is a great thing when the people themselves fight for and achieve it.
    How can that statement be true, when democracy goes against Islam and the Shari'ah?

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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    E'jaazi,
    this seems to be a complicated (as well as interesting) subject.

    here's an excerpt from a long article posted by ansar:

    "Thus broadly understood, democracy is almost identical with shoora. There is thus nothing in the primary or extended meaning of democracy which makes it intrinsically Western or secular. If shoora can take a secular form, so can democracy take an Islamic form."


    Islam and Democracy: Compatible or Incompatible?
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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    Quote Originally Posted by E'jaazi View Post
    How can that statement be true, when democracy goes against Islam and the Shari'ah?
    Sharia is still the best, obviously.

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    Re: Democracy in the Middle East

    I realize this is slightly off topic, but is there any indication of how economically successful Sharia Law would be in the global economy? Are there any roadblocks to capitalism in Sharia?
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