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Reader comment on item: Islam's Inadvertent Patterns

Submitted by Mark D (United States), Mar 12, 2014 at 23:09

Islam's scriptures have provided the base from which many other patterns evolved, including: the establishment of dynasties through conquest, not by internal overthrow; recurrent problems with dynastic succession; power leading to wealth, not the reverse; the near absence of municipal governments; inadequate regulation of cities; laws arising from ad hoc decisions, not formal legislation, reliance on hawalas for money transfers, and the practice of suicide terrorism.

The Middle East is not in good terms with modernity and jeez, it's a crying shame. What can we do about it? What can we do to help the Middle East?

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