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In December 2010, as its outset, the Arab Spring was non-ideological and leaderless. In many respects, it seemed to be the product of a “generational revolution”: 100 million young Arabs were risi ...

In December 2010, as its outset, the Arab Spring was non-ideological and leaderless. In many respects, it seemed to be the product of a “generational revolution”: 100 million young Arabs were rising against stifling economic and political structures that had stripped them of their freedoms while giving them in return one of the poorest education systems in the world, the highest unemployment rate together with a yawning income gap. Both Tunisia and Egypt demonstrated that rapid economic growth does not buy political stability unless political institutions and public governance are allowed to mature equally rapidly.

Use appropriate passages of the Koran to inculcate personal responsibility and initiative to promote Arab economic development

Reviving the pioneering, frontier spirit of Islam would address current economic challenges. The Koran has a number of passages that tell believers that they must help themselves in this life and to help others, which could form the basis for a market economy. The Koran also promotes independent reasoning (ijtihad), so the state, dictatorial leaders and mullahs should continue to be challenged, and people should take responsibility for their lives. Moreover, the Koran does not exclude women from economic activity.

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