Despotism in the Middle East: A View from Bernard Lewis

Despotism in the Middle East: A View from Bernard Lewis

The question as to whether Islam and democracy are compatible with each other has been widely debated. In these investigations Islam is always considered as the agent that needs to be subordinated to democracy, and that it needs to be changed, modified and tailored according to the principles of democracy. These intellectual pursuits increased, especially after the end of the Cold War. However, in the geography in which Islam has traditionally been the culturally dominating factor, democracy-oriented state structures did not develop much. Instead, totalitarian repressive regimes have flourished in…

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A Memory from Afghanistan to Bosnia and What It Makes Us Think

A Memory from Afghanistan to Bosnia and What It Makes Us Think

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Prof. Ahmet Davutoğlu shared a memory in a speech he made in a symposium: “I went to Afghanistan for an official meeting.  After one to one and delegation meetings, I visited some of the cities and governors with the president of TIKA and my aides. In these visits, I came across almost always with the same picture: After the greetings, the governors immediately get down to their real intention and start complaining about the insufficiencies and have some demands from us. One of the…

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