Belief and the Ballot


DRESS SENSE: Though conservative, the PJD does not dictate garb

As the Middle East grapples with how to democratize while also including the Islamist movements that have become increasingly popular in the last three decades, Sept. 7's parliamentary elections in Morocco offer some useful insights. A poll two years ago indicated that 47% of Moroccans would vote for Morocco's Islamist Party of Justice and Development (PJD). That 47% turns out to be a curiously recurrent statistic. In 1991, the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front won the first round of elections with 47%, an outcome that plunged the military into panic and the country into a bloody civil war. This July, Turkey's Justice...

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