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In contrast to the orientalistic concept, according to which Islam is an unchangeable and non-progressive cultural entity, Islamic societies have shown historically a stable and dynamic evolution in all fields including economy. Recent political events in the Middle East, linked to ongoing economic and social developments, verify this argument. The aforementioned orientalistic approach stems […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

In recent weeks a series of rebellions and coups in the Middle East has caused international concern. These cases, mainly Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen Ms. have monopolized the media interest. These developments are due to political, economic and social causes, and this brief analysis highlights aspects of these developments. Over […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

The unprecedented ongoing political developments in Lebanon form a new chapter in the domestic political scene. In January 2011 two major developments occurred: the resignation of the eleven Hizbullah cabinet ministers (12/1) and the appointment of the Hizbullah-backed candidate Najib Mikati as the new prime minister by President Michel Sleiman two weeks later (25/1). The […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis

On Sunday 24th October the Iranian state radio announced that new restrictions were imposed upon 12 social sciences that are considered to be based on Western intellectual currents and therefore incompatible with Islamic teachings. The list includes law, philosophy, management, psychology, political science and the two disciplines that appear to trouble more the leadership of […]

Posted by Hara Kouki

The democratic status of Iraq

On 21 December 2010 a breakthrough in the Iraqi political standoff was announced: the Parliament in Baghdad announced the approval of the new government including all major factions. This development ended the nine months deadlock which followed the inconclusive March 2010 elections. Both the prolonged stalemate and the way that the problem was resolved have […]

Posted by Evangelos Venetis