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Arab Spring voting will lead to Islamic rule, author predicts

December 09, 2011

Robert Reilly warns that in the Islamic world, the Arab Spring uprisings may produce popular votes in the short term, but the long-term results are unlikely to be democratic.

Reilly, the author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind, explains that Islam insists on the rule of shari’a, and once that Islamic law is enacted, neither dissent nor change will be allowed. Thus he quips: “I once formulated the Islamist theory of democracy as follows: one God; one vote; one time.”

To underline his point, Reilly invokes the testimony of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Islamic Brotherhood, who saw Stalin’s Russia as a model for “democracy.” The late Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, head of the Al Azhar University in Cairo, said: “Saudi Arabia leads the world in the protection of human rights because it protects them according to the shari’a.”


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