Egypt and Turkey: The Tyranny of Political Islam

Dov Friedman, a Turkey specialist, argues that, while there is a great temptation to see the actions of political Islamists in the Middle East as solely driven by religion, their motivations are likely more complicated. Such a one-dimensional view actually makes it more difficult to explain some of Turkey and Egypt's actions. Freiedman suggests that sometimes tyranny is just tyranny, even if the tyrant is an Islamist, and we should avoid the temptations of simplified analysis.

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