Monday, May 7, 2007

Iraq and the rise of conservative Islam

From A'an Suryana at The Washington Times

The attack on Iraq may only exacerbate deep-seated suspicions of Western values and lead them to turn toward other values, which included conservative Wahhabi values promoted by the Saudi Arabian government. Amid an aggressive Saudi approach, including scholarships provided to Middle Eastern and Egyptian universities, Indonesians are increasingly shifting toward the right as shown by the growing popularity of women wearing a veil and the tendency of young people to give greater support to the conservative parties, including the Justice and Prosperous Party (PKS).

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