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Democracy's Uneasy Steps in the Islamic World

Date: November 23, 2001
Author: Douglas Jehl
QUOTE: At a time when democracy is new and its institutions untested, and with many Arab societies divided among tribes or sects, or between modernists and traditionalists, there are concerns that majorities might become tyrannical.

ABSTRACT: At a time when there are few democracies in the Middle East, and those small and fledgling governements with very little power and very little influence, the question arises whether democracy is possible for the larger Middle Eastern Muslim nations--in an age and an area where the rule of kings, sheikhs, and princes is the major tradition and where every move of every person of every day is dictated by the tenets of the Koran and of Islam.

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