Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies
Revolutionary transformations in the Middle East and North Africa have opened up new possibilities for democratization in Muslim-majority countries. Much will turn on whether and how countries in the region combine institutional stability and free elections in practice. This panel discussion addressed a third ingredient of successful democratic states: equal rights of citizens under the law, with a focus on women’s equality, religious minorities, and freedom of expression. The discussion featured Berkley Center research fellow Jocelyne Cesari, along with the Berkley Center’s Jose Casanova, Daniel Brumberg (Georgetown University), and Nader Hashemi (University of Denver).