The Libyan Revolution: Democracy or ‘Purity of Islam’?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Mustafa Abdul Jalil’s announcement last month that Islamic sharia would form the basic source of legislation in the new Libya, and that all laws contradicting the sharia were immediately null and void, came as a surprise for Western observers. It should not have. From the very start of the Libyan rebellion, clear evidence was available that the most fervent opponents of Qaddafi rejected his rule not as undemocratic, but, above all, as un-Islamic.

For evidence of the Islamic and/or Islamist wellspring of the Libyan revolution, see my new article on National Review Online here.

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