The Future of Democracy in the Middle East

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Keynote address for the 2006 University Scholars Day delivered by Dr. Emile Sahliyeh. This keynote speaker discusses major reasons and issues relating to the lack of democratization in the Middle East to date.

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Sahliyeh, Emile F. March 30, 2006.

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Keynote address for the 2006 University Scholars Day delivered by Dr. Emile Sahliyeh. This keynote speaker discusses major reasons and issues relating to the lack of democratization in the Middle East to date.

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Abstract: This speech addresses the issue of democratization in the Middle East . Professor Sahliyeh discusses major reasons for the lack of democratization to date; namely, expansion of powers of the state due to (1) lack of development of the bourgeoisie and a private sector economy, (2) the development of an extensive military infrastructure, (3) the influence of oil wealth, (4) the patriarchal and authoritarian political culture, (5) the role of Islam, (6) the lack of civil society institutions, and (7) the influence of external political powers. In this context, he examines the impact of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 , and discusses feasible possibilities for increasing democracy in the Middle East , including (1) increasing powers of the parliaments, (2) giving the judiciary branch more independence, (3) increasing civil society institutions, and (4) increasing individual freedoms in the liberal democratic tradition.

Third Annual University Scholars Day, 2006, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • The Eagle Feather, 2006, Denton: University of North Texas. Honors College

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 3
  • Issue: 2006

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Sahliyeh, Emile F. The Future of Democracy in the Middle East, text, March 30, 2006; [Denton, Texas]. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96832/: accessed May 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.