Избирательное разделение Ислама

Вопрос о том, как преобразовать Исламский мир, будет одной из тем для обсуждений лидерами НАТО в Турции на следующей неделе. И президент Буш, и Европейский Союз предложили смелые инициативы демократизации в этом регионе. Будут ли такие инициативы успешными?

Ислам и демократию часто считают серьезными противниками. Тщательное исследование 47 государств, в которых большинство населения составляют мусульмане, показывает однако, что Ислам и демократия могут сосуществовать и сосуществуют. В реальности разрыв еще меньше: именно арабский мир, а не Ислам, кажется, непримеримо противостоит демократии.

Это заключение основано на сравнении "избирательной конкурентоспособности" мусульманских стран. Если правительство появилось в результате довольно справедливых выборов, и избранное правительство способно заполнить наиболее важные политические кабинеты, страну считают "конкурентоспособной в избирательном отношении".

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