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Roundtable discussion on “Has the Arab Spring Turned Into Islamist Winter?"

Islamic Renaissance Front

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Malaysia Time Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Time)

Roundtable discussion on “Has the Arab Spring Turned...

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The Arab Spring has given much hope to many Muslims around the world. It somehow signifies a new beginning, a new hope; the hope for a better future to live under civil governments and civil states. And gone is the era of authoritarian regimes.

However, with the turn of events, some of the supposed civil governments turned to consolidate more power and seen to have the aura of the authoritarian governments that they disposed of. This gives a new feeling that somehow could the promising spring has turned to winter unknowingly. After a while, it became clear that this awakening somehow did not ultimately lead to liberalization and democratization of the Arab nations.

Islamist parties that had more solid basis for promoting their political agenda through social institutions probably assumed that once they came to power the change of political order would be easier. This presumption ignored the sentiment that became a trigger factor for unfolding further protests all over the region. Public demand of the Arab nations consisted not in choosing between secularism and Islamic state but between corrupt governments and clear economic agenda on how to attain social justice.

Success of Islamist parties at the ballot boxes in 2012 in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia demonstrated that without the alliance with secularist parties, necessary pragmatism and clear economic programs electoral victory can turn into defeat of Islamist ideologies. Pluralism, competition, freedom of speech and assembly did not become the imperatives for new rulers in Arab world. And with the concealed support from some interested external powers left no doubt that the “spring” had turned into the “winter” and started leaving ashes instead of green shoots blooming in the streets.


Program

1100-1110: Welcoming speech by Dr Azmi Sharom
1110-1120: Opening speech by moderator Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa
1120-1200: Presentation by Dr Anas at-Tikriti
1200-1300: Roundtable discussion
1300: Lunch

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When & Where


Conference Room, Law Faculty
University of Malaya

Malaysia

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Malaysia Time Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Time)


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Islamic Renaissance Front

IRF echoes the voice of reason and compassion, and is committed to liberating the Muslim mind from rigid orthodoxy and conservatism. IRF is also dedicated to the revival and reform of Islamic thought and appreciation in order to enable the Ummah to confront their present challenges more meaningfully towards the progress and happiness of all.

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