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Religious Freedom in IslamThe Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today$
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Daniel Philpott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908188.001.0001

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The Arab Uprisings

The Arab Uprisings

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Religious Freedom in Islam

Daniel Philpott

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the Arab Uprisings that began in early 2011 and spread across the Arab world. It argues that just as the Arab Uprisings were by and large a failure for democratic aspirations, so, too, the Uprisings were a failure for religious freedom, with the exception of Tunisia. Then, it draws upon the regime types of the previous chapters (religiously free, secular repressive, and religiously repressive states) to argue that religious freedom—its predominant absence, the reasons for its absence, and its rare presence—explains much about both the general failure and the isolated success of these uprisings.

Keywords:   Arab Uprisings, Arab Spring, Islam and democracy, religious freedom, Tunisia, Syrian civil war, Egypt

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