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Posted by MineralMan in General Discussion
Thu Dec 01st 2011, 10:34 AM
The Egyptian elections just finished have produced the results that everyone should have expected. The Islamic Brotherhood and an even more conservative Islamic party have taken about 60% of the seats in the election. What that means is that the Egyptian people have voted for Sharia law and a government run on Islamic principles. Here in the US, we have a hard time understanding the dominance of Islam in the Middle East, so we're sometimes surprised when the people in countries there elect Islamists to run their country.

We shouldn't be. An extremely large majority of Egyptians are devout Muslims. It's not like the US, where no single religion with a unified culture is dominant. Christianity may be the majority religion here, but Christianity is splintered into thousands of denominations, and there is no central core of Christianity that represents the social views of a majority of Americans. That is not the case in Egypt or most other Islamic nations. Islam does not have the deep divisions that Christianity has. There are sects of Islam, but the disagreements between them are not as broad as with Christian denominations.

The Egyptian people demanded democratic elections. They got them, and voted for an Islamic government. We should not be surprised at that outcome. It was inevitable. We misunderstand the social structures in that part of the world, and we do so to our detriment. Our expectations that democratic elections will somehow end with an open, secular society in Middle Eastern countries are misplaced.

Egypt is what Egypt is. We should not expect drastic changes. The new government will not suddenly produce an open, secular society. That will simply not happen.
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