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BBC: What the Rise of Political Islam is Likely to Spell

Author: Mark Urban
October 25, 2011

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From sharia law to reestablishing banks, Mark Urban questions what the rise of political Islam will mean for citizens of northern Africa.

So does this mark a decisive defeat for al-Qaeda and its violent ideology, or perhaps an understanding that the ballot box offers a more effective way to achieve similar goals of society governed by religious principles and subject to sharia law?

There are probably almost as many answers to that question as there are religious sages in Cairo or Qom.

The parties that campaign for the "green vote" in Tunisia, Libya, or Egypt have different positions on the defining issue of Islamism--whether to govern by religious law or allow different authorities, notably civil courts, to continue.

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