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A Discredit to Islamism?

Reader comment on item: Hunger Growls in Egypt

Submitted by Alex (United States), Oct 7, 2014 at 21:35

I wonder to what extent Dr. Pipes would attribute modern Egypt's mismanagement of the Nile to the failure of Islamic societies to adapt to modern life, rather than just specifically to the patterns prevalent in the Egyptian state (?).

I am not sure where I stand, because there are also Communist states who massively mismanage natural resources (China). Perhaps it is in Islamic societies that the effects of a failure to truly and fully modernize are most severe (and the popular discontent therewith most apparent, as in 30 million Egyptians coming out to demand the ouster of President Morsi).

Islamism--unlike Communism--does not have an explicit relationship to the means of production, and therefore I believe its ill effects on economic development in a given country would be felt more rapidly and completely.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

True, Muslims in general are doing badly. See for more on this. http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2006/11/muslims-lagging-behind

But lagging is one thing and facing hunger is another. This is still an unusual development, even if becoming more common.

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