Chapter

The Intricacies of “Democracy”

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195114393.003.0005

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

The Intricacies of “Democracy”

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The first provisional constitution of the Baʿth regime is discussed in this chapter. The chapter states that the Baʿth regime was promulgated in 1968 and it says that Iraq was described as “a popular democratic state that derives its democratic foundations and its popular character from the Arab heritage and the spirit of Islam”. This hybrid sentence combines three concepts from three totally different, totally incompatible words. Also, the powers endowed to the Revolutionary Command Council are described. The word democracy was used in different ways during different regimes, its complexities and meaning are discussed in this chapter. The chapter also looks at the Baʿths attitude towards it.

Keywords: constitution; democracy; Arab heritage; Islam

Chapter.  5893 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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