Arab Spring vs. tradition

The struggles in the Arab world are more about the shaping of neo-traditionalist politics than a straight fight for democracy and civil rights.

By ASHER SUSSER
April 29, 2014 13:08
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The struggles in the Arab world. (photo credit: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS)

THE FAILURE of the “Arab Spring” to produce more democratic societies is often depicted as a result of an uneven struggle between Western-oriented modernists and anti-Western traditionalists.

But the situation is more subtle and deep-rooted.

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