July 17, 2012

A Patronizing Narrative Pigeonholes Arabs

Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

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A dominant but highly misleading narrative about the Arab world has taken root not only in the Middle East but also in some parts of the West. This perspective assumes the inexorable rise of Islamist parties and is impervious to contradictory evidence. The recent Libyan parliamentary elections have provided the starkest example of a contrary development.

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TAGGED: Political Islam, Islamists, Libya


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