Why the Middle East never went secular

Geopolitics Made Super This article starts at the fall of the Ottoman empire and concludes…

What’s ahead?  Most likely, the same doom that befell Arab socialism and nationalism.

Political Islam cannot deliver the same results as nation-state based capitalism: Iran’s foundering and Saudi’s stagnation makes that clear.  But it will take time for the Arab street to accept that.  Another full generation will go by before political Islam is consigned to the dust bin.

It’s been often said Christianity is 600 years more mature and Islam needs an Enlightenment.

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  • Political Islam cannot deliver the same results as nation-state based capitalism: Iran’s foundering and Saudi’s stagnation makes that clear.
      Interesting that where Islamists are in control with some stability, even in warring areas, they are providing services normally provided by government – medical care, social safety net, education.
      I see no reason to believe that ‘nation-state based capitalism is inherently more capable of ‘delivering the goods’ than traditional Arabic or Iranian systems. IMO, the only advantage to ‘nation-state capitalism’ lies less in the ‘nation-state’ angle than the ‘capitalism’ angle, and even there it is largely because the US & Europe will favor, assist and support capitalism over non-capitalism. Sorta makes success depend more on cultivating the right friends, sponsors & allies than anything else.

    • Yes, given capitalism is now global and so inter-connected. There’s an economic Mutually Assured Destruction arrangement between the US and China now that rivals nukes. It’s good for peace and it’s good for both economies.

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