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Muslim democracy on the rise

Analysis: The world's Muslim countries are becoming increasingly democratic, rich and corruption-free. What's up?


[progress] A slow, democratic "revolution" is happening in more and more countries with a Muslim majority. Here are the conclusions from this fall's global reports:

Corruption: Last week, Transparency International presented the overview of global corruption. The tabloids focused on Norway in eighth place, but most remarkable is that Turkey, Lebanon and Algeria have the "clearest improvement" in the corruption image. In contrast to the claims of Muslim countries' incompatibility with modernity, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman are now among the 40 least corrupt in the world. Thus, the EU countries such as Italy, the Czech Republic and Poland, the latter beats 61. place.

Freedom of the press: At the end of October, Reporters Without Borders presented its. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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