How Democracy Became Halal

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Author(s) Reuel Marc Gerecht
Source The New York Times
Date February 6, 2011
URL http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/07/opinion/07gerecht.html
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Quotes-start.png "What we are likely to see in Egypt is not a repeat of Iran, where fundamentalists took undisputed power, but a repeat of Iraq, where Sunni religious parties did well initially but started to fade, divide and evolve as the powerful Sunni preference for laymen of no particular religious distinction comes to the foreground. Sunni Islam has no clerical hierarchy of the holy — it’s tailor-made for nasty arguments among men who dispute one another’s authority to know the righteous path. If the Brotherhood can be corralled by a democratic system, the global effect may not be insignificant." Quotes-end.png


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