Islam to Blame for Freedom Deficit in M…

The age-old debate about Islam’s role in the political backwardness of the Middle East has returned to the fore. Dramatic developments of the Arab Spring, followed by re-emergence of authoritarian tendencies, have reignited the debate. With three major Islamic states - Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia, as well as a fourth, Indonesia, with a predominantly Muslim population, it is a question worth asking and one with deep relevance to Asia.

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