Ennahda has long felt an especially strong kinship with Turkey’s AKP, which has seen as representing a combination of piety, prosperity, and democratic credibility. How might their relationship be affected by the AKP's more recent authoritarian turn?
Tunisia is a small country, but its influential Islamist party has taken a big step by separating its political wing from its religious activities.
A close look at secular parties in the Middle East today raises doubts about whether they are ready for prime time.
How did a potent Islamist movement come to accept a non-Islamist constitution? The answer lies in that movement’s self-protective reflexes.
Islamic political parties were not especially popular with voters in Muslim-majority countries before the Arab Spring. Has that changed?
A review of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Shadi Hamid.
In light of the “Arab Spring,” how should students of democratic transition rethink the relation between religion and democracy; the nature of regimes that mix democratic and authoritarian features; and the impact of “sultanism” on prospects for democracy?
It is easy for Islamists to accept the democratic principle of majority rule when it results in their being elected to power. But the experience of Pakistan warns us that efforts to “Islamize” laws and public life may be hard to reverse even if Islamists are voted out of office.
The Muslim Brotherhood is no longer a revolutionary movement, but rather a conservative one.
Although Olivier Roy and others argue that current circumstances will push ascendant Islamist parties in a democratic direction, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood remains committed to the revolutionary goals that have animated it since its beginnings.