The Concept of Liberal Democracy

The Concept of Liberal Democracy

  • 28 February 1995

After defining the term “liberal democracy” and its
political components, an analysis was put forward
regarding the different experiences that the Arab
world has faced alongside highlighting the fractured
understanding of democracy among educated groups.
The speaker argued that there are several obstacles to
democratization in the Arab world, including the nature
of educated people, the pressures of the public and the
contradictions among various intellectual movements in
the Arab region.
He went on to review the active intellectual currents
in the Arab intellectual arena, pointing out that Western
liberalism reached the Arab world only in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries. He also examined the problems
that prevented Western capitalism from spreading into
the Arab world, thereby delaying liberalism. These
include the size of the market, the military elites,
Arab values and traditions, and the position vis-à-vis
secularism.

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Tuesday 28 February 1995

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Tuesday 28 February 1995

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