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March 3, 2012
News you can use from the 'Islamist Spring'
I don't know why we even bother calling it the "Arab Spring" any more. The single, unifying factor in every single revolution so far in the Middle East has been the emergence of a powerful bloc of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims to challenge for power, influence constitution writing, and outmaneuver the pathetically unprepared liberals and secularists who were the driving force behind the revolutions in the first place. Today, we receive news that the new constitution being written in Tunisia will be influenced heavily by Sharia law: As Tunisian lawmakers wrestle over the drafting of a new constitution, the place of Islamic law is causing contention, but with Islamists dominating the process the new constitution looks set to describe shari'a as "the principal source of legislation." Tunisia, the country that launched last year's political upheavals in many parts of the Arab world, is being closely watched, as observers across the region and in the West ponder the future...(Read Full Post)