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Submitted by TimeConceptor (France), Jul 16, 2011 at 20:58

History has forgotten it, but yes, the Great Arabo-Islamic Civilisation that stretched, near the first millenarium, from the Calpihate of Al-Andalus (Spain) to India, begot by twice democratic, secular and progressist nations, one in the north of what is today Iran - the Republic of Ray - and another one in Kuweit. Women and men were treated there with equal rigthts, there were no slaves, no shrines, and the State did employ people with no jobs in public gardens in order to make them earn sustenance. There, if the Government went against the decision of the people representatives, these people went on strike.

In Middle-East, by twice, the principles of the Koran turned into a modern conception of Statehood, nine centuries before our democracies. History reminds those facts. And do not forget to read Al-Farabi, an Iranian utopist of the ninth century that wrote "The Ideal City" where he defines a state moved both by Islamic rights and philosophical tenets inherated from the Greeks thinkers, included Plato.

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