The Rise of Muslim Democracy

Author(s): Vali Nasr (published in Journal of Democracy, Volume 16, No. 2, April 2005, 2005)


A specter is haunting the Muslim world. This particular specter is not the malign and much-discussed spirit of fundamentalist extremism, nor yet the phantom hope known as liberal Islam. Instead, the specter that I have in mind is a third force, a hopeful if still somewhat ambiguous trend that I call "Muslim Democracy."

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