The Arab World And Its Influence On The Population 's Perception Of Democracy

720 Words Nov 14th, 2016 3 Pages
As Winston Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” The world seems to have embraced this idea, making democracy, at least for now, the most ideal form of government possible. Some regions of the world embrace this more than others. For example, there are no democracies in the Arab world. There are many different reasons as to why this may be, religion, culture, etc. However I believe that the main reasons that the Arab world are not democratic is because of their lack of belief in secularism, the economic structures, and western worlds war on terror and its influence on the population 's perception of democracy.
In the Arab world, the islamic religion is tied into everyday life. Islam itself is one the main reasons that people assume that the middle east has no democracies. While the religion itself is not a direct cause of this lack of democracy, it does have something to do with it. Since the religion is so entwined with everyday life, the population would like to see it in their government. As Elshtain put it, “In much of the Muslim world, secularism is equated with atheism and, as such, is unacceptable,” (Elshtain 12). Most democracies of the world hold the idea of separation of church and state, however the Islamic world does not like this idea. The origin inception of this doctrine was help to support religious minorities as well as protect the rights of citizens. There are many who argue, that without secularism,…

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