An excellent piece on Islam and the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions by Olivier Roy, one of Europe's foremost thinkers on Islam. He affirms that political Islam will have a role to play in the development of both countries but also argues that it is by now defanged and co-opted into the socio-political mainstream.
"The paradox of Islamisation is that it has largely depoliticised Islam. Social and cultural re-Islamisation – the wearing of the hijab and niqab, an increase in the number of mosques, the proliferation of preachers and Muslim television channels – has happened without the intervention of militant Islamists and has in fact opened up a "religious market", over which no one enjoys a monopoly. In short, the Islamists have lost the stranglehold on religious expression in the public sphere that they enjoyed in the 1980s."
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