Political Islam Research Paper

Political Islam
Examines the issue of democracy in today's Middle East and the problems it faces.
# 58358 | 4,545 words | 10 sources | APA | 2005 | US

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This report addresses some of the issues associated with Islam and politics in the Middle East and looks specifically at the subject of democracy in the Middle East from a number of perspectives. Currently, many Middle Eastern countries are technically democracies, but some follow the rules of a democracy in different ways, which may be a
part of the integral culture of the area. This report takes a culturally sensitive perspective, which also raises issues of cultural perspective, relativism, and Orientalism as it is mentioned both in Stork's "Political Islam" and in the works of the famous scholar and originator of the term Orientalism, Edward Said. The report begins by briefly discussing the role of politics from an Islamic perspective, looking at and defining different Muslim groups and sects, which are often also differentiated along political lines. Some of these groups are the Shiite Muslims, the Sunni Muslims, and the Sufi Muslims. This section of the report also looks at how various Islamic fundamentalist perspectives view the subject of democracy in the Middle East. The report then moves on to discuss democracy in the Middle East, specifically, and gives examples and comparisons of the existing democratic and ostensibly democratic political systems in Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Israel, Iraq, and Libya. Following this comparison, the report concludes by looking at the above mentioned issues of Orientalism in the Western perspective on Middle Eastern democracy and also presents the notion for future study that, perhaps, in this area of the world and its cultures, the Western ideal of freedom may be one easier to sell than democracy.

From the Paper:

"Democracy in the Middle East can therefore, in the light of this discussion on fundamentalist Islam politics, be seen as a concept that is in many ways an import to the area's inhabitants. Nonetheless, like other imports, it has its staunch supporters as well as its voices of opposition who see the concept as being somewhat culturally intrusive. One of the main points that is brought up in defense of bringing democracy to the Middle East as a common system uniting nations is that democracy tends to be historically more than dictatorships, in terms of waging war against other countries or against the country's own citizenry."

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