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27 December 2012


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Abu Sinan

Al Azhar, until now, has been a voice of moderation in the Muslim world. This portion of the constitution almost ensures it will not remain moderate for long. The Brotherhood will now do its best to make sure that al Azhar shifts dramatically in a much more conservative direction.

Babak Makkinejad

You need to pose some more elementary questions such as:

"Is it permissible for women to ride bikes or a motor-bikes (by themselves)?"


Col. Lang, while I agree with the general thrust of your comment, I think your refernece to Islamic/Sharia banking as a potential "problem" is misplaced. Sharia banking has a lot going for it is a subject of considerable research. It is a fast growing segment of the finance industry. My (catholic) partner even has a car loan from the local Arab Bank - cheapest interest rates.

The prohibition of usury is gotten around by a variety of means.

As you can imagine, the prospect of any western financial systemm accomodation with Islamic banking practices or adoption of some of its principles sets Israeli hair on fire, so as usual, Wall Street will play no part in this matter.



It is their business/religion/polity is it not?
Every fantasy that earns its day in power; deserves what it has earned.



My experience in doing business in countries with a sharia driven legal system was that it was a lot more difficult than it needed to be. pl

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