Morsi's Ouster Won't End the Chronic Rejection of Secularism in Egypt

The late, brilliant political scientist, P.J. Vatikiotis (d. 1997), educated at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and author of many important analyses of Egyptian socio-political history, opened his seminal 1981 study, "Religion and State," with these words: "Religion and State" is not a new preoccupation in the study of Egyptian or any other society where the faith of Islam predominates. Vatikiotis adds that this "difficult and largely unresolved problem" -- which dated from the 7th-century advent of Islam -- derived from, and continued to manifest, in Egypt, the "curious 'marriage' between a universal religious truth or message and an otherwise very parochial community that held it and fought for it or in its name[.]"  Three decades later, despite widespread euphoria regarding the mass movement which prompted a military coup deposing Egypt's first popularly elected President, Muhammad Morsi and his coterie of Muslim Brotherhood ideologues, the ancient-cum-modern...(Read Full Post)