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RD Magazine: Four Reasons Why Egypt's Revolution Is Not Islamic

Author: Haroon Moghul
January 28, 2011

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Haroon Moghul explains that Egypt's revolution is not an Islamist movement because Islam is not at the heart of the problem.

Just as in the case of Tunisia, we've been caught off guard by the rapid pace of events in Egypt. Commentators are having a difficult time understanding the dynamics of the Arab world and especially the role of religion in this latest apparent revolution. Many wonder why this isn't an Islamic Revolution, and are audibly breathing a sigh of relief that it isn't—assuming that somehow Egypt would follow Iran's rather unique trajectory in 1979 and thereafter.

So why isn't Egypt's revolution an Islamic one? And what sets Tunisia and Egypt apart from Iran? Due to the quickly shifting nature of events, I've recorded four reasons why Egypt's uprising isn't an explicitly Islamic one.

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