Исламский демократический парадокс

Негодование всего арабского мира по поводу публикации в Дании (несколько месяцев назад) комиксов, изображающих пророка Магомета, победа движения Хамас в Палестине и всё больший радикализм политики Ирана, - всё это сделало вопрос о существовании «политического ислама» фундаментальным для международной дипломатии. Но однобокий ответ здесь не подходит. В действительности, мы должны оставить идею о существовании некоего единого или глобального исламистского движения.

Политический ислам всех цветов появился как альтернатива светским арабским националистическим режимам, чья легитимность, основанная на борьбе за независимость своих стран, испарилась из-за их неспособности решить экономические и социальные проблемы, установить господство закона и гарантировать фундаментальные свободы. В Палестине, например, исламисты победили правившую партию Фатх, потому что несколько лет её правления в условиях израильской оккупации не принесли положительных результатов.

Каждое новое правительство, приходящее к власти в Европе или Америке, разделяет атавистическое опасение возможности «исламской альтернативы» арабским светским националистическим режимам типа Фатх и старается сохранить статус-кво. Но подавление всех арабских оппозиционных движений местными монархами или светскими диктаторами означало, что “защита мечети” стала единственным прикрытием, под которым можно начать политическую деятельность.

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