Why Islam (Properly Understood) Is the Solution Reflections on the Role of Religion in Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

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Nader Hashemi

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This paper is a provocative play on the famous Muslim Brotherhood


slogan al-Islām hūwa al-ḥāl (Islam is the solution). While


critics of the Muslim Brothers rightly criticized them for the simplicity


of their worldview in thinking that religion was a panacea


for all of the problems confronting Muslim societies during the


late twentieth century, an argument can be made that religion does


profoundly matter in the context of the struggle for democracy in


the Arab-Islamic world. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, democratic


transitions in North Africa and the Middle East will be dependent


on democratically negotiating the question of religion’s


role in politics. Here I provide some reflections on this topic with


a focus on Tunisia’s transition to democracy.


 

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