Islam and democracy in the Middle East: The impact of religious orientations on attitudes toward democracy in four Arab countries

  title={Islam and democracy in the Middle East: The impact of religious orientations on attitudes toward democracy in four Arab countries},
  author={Mark Tessler},
  journal={Comparative politics},
  • M. Tessler
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Comparative politics
Discussions about democracy in the Arab world often include attention to the political orientations of ordinary men and women. In particular, questions are raised about whether popular attitudes and beliefs constitute an obstacle to democratization, possibly because the religious traditions that predominate in most Arab countries inhibit the emergence of a democratic political culture. But while questions are frequently raised about the views of ordinary citizens, about what is sometimes… 

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