Democracy In A Religious Egypt

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 14 2011 @ 8:31am


Michael Totten gets worried about proposed restrictions on the freedoms to drink alcohol and wear bikinis:

We’ve heard a lot of talk recently about how the Muslim Brotherhood will supposedly follow the Turkish model of moderate Islamism if it comes to power, but I wouldn’t count on it. Egypt’s Islamists aren’t even in power yet and some of them are already talking about the imposition of theocratic rules on people who are neither Egyptian nor Muslim. Erdogan, by contrast, has been Turkey’s prime minister for almost nine years, and he hasn’t yet done this.

Issandr El Amrani is also peeved. Juan Cole and Martin Kramer spar over whether the Muslim Brotherhood has taken the even more worrying step of praying for the murder of "all the Jews." Lauren E. Bohn zooms in on the struggle for democracy in the more rural Upper Egypt region.

(Photo: An Egyptian woman shows her ink-stained finger during the run-off of the first round of parliamentary voting in the Cairo neighbourhood of al-Manial on December 5, 2011. Islamist candidates in Egypt looked to extend their crushing victory in the country's first parliamentary elections since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak as voters turn out for run-off polls. By Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images.)