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Political Opposition in the Islamic Tradition

Peter Sluglett

in Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034744
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039077 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034744.003.0004
Political Opposition in the Islamic Tradition

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Much of the process of governance in the Islamic world and the Middle East over the last fourteen-hundred-odd years can be characterized as unjust and tyrannical, but this was also true for most of the same period in European history. The opposition in nineteenth-century Britain could and did become “the government,” something which happens quite regularly in, say, contemporary Turkey and is something that the opposition in Syria, Egypt, or Morocco would like to achieve. In spite of wide differences in political and religious philosophies, most of humanity wants security, freedom from arbitrary rule, and the capacity to have a positive influence on the political process under which it lives. There are instances from the past thirty or forty years of the restoration of what might be called participatory and pluralist politics in many parts of the world.

Keywords: governance; Islamic world; Middle East; European history; nineteenth-century Britain

Chapter.  9265 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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