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Thread #138046   Message #3158717
Posted By: Stringsinger
22-May-11 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Arab Revolution
Subject: RE: BS: The Arab Revolution
Salient points: "Todd: Mainly on three factors: the rapid increase in literacy, particularly among women, a falling birthrate and a significant decline in the widespread custom of endogamy, or marriage between first cousins. This shows that the Arab societies were on a path toward cultural and mental modernization, in the course of which the individual becomes much more important as an autonomous entity."

He is wrong in my estimation about the role of religion here. Women's headscarves are still prevalent and the biggest danger to Egyptian democracy is the military which is falling back on Islamic customs investigating young women for their virginity. The military is by definition an authoritarian organization antithetical to operative democracy. They are driven by custom.

In order for democracy to take root, the interpretations of Sharia Law will have to be addressed. When women are equal, then things will change.