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Islamic Changes Still Coming on Strong-Toward Fundamentalism

Reader comment on item: Islamist Turkey vs. Secular Iran?
in response to reader comment: A sincere question to Dr. Pipes

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jan 6, 2011 at 19:32

In the continuing observations of the transitions of governmental styles in places like Turkey and Iran, we now have an opportunity to see just how the influences of one style of Islamically controlled government is influenced by another. As the American presence in Iraq is curtailed to near invisibility, the Shi'ite controlled Iraqi government finds itself facing the question again about how far the government should go to be observant Muslims. This is make even more unique with the return of the cleric al-alSadr, whose extremist methodologies forced his self-exile to Iran. His return poses the question: does Iraq now become a secularist or theocratic government with the major influence al-Sadr is expected to have on Iraqi politics.

It will never again be the same as it was before 2002, and exceptionally not anything like it was before 1979. We can count on the fundamentalist Muslim influences to make sure of that.


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