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Contentious Politics in the Middle EastPolitical Opposition under Authoritarianism$
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Holger Albrecht

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034744

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034744.001.0001

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Political Opposition in the Islamic Tradition

Political Opposition in the Islamic Tradition

A Historical Perspective

(p.52) 3 Political Opposition in the Islamic Tradition
Contentious Politics in the Middle East

Peter Sluglett

University Press of Florida

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

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