A Political and Literary Forum
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Mohammad Fadel is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.
Egyptians wanted direct democracy but got authoritarianism.
The promise of democracy lies in its potential to cultivate political virtue over time. But Egypt's liberals, unnerved by the policies of the legitimate Muslim Brotherhood government, refused to wait.
The notion that elimination of the Muslim Brotherhood would produce a liberal democratic order was wishful thinking.
Egypt should embrace the challenge of democracy.
Which arguments for democracy are convincing in Islamic terms?
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