Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pedant's Corner

James Traub reviewing Shadi Hamid's book Temptations of Power in the Wall Street Journal --

I wish Mr. Hamid had addressed the strange spectacle of the secular government of the United Arab Emirates last year prosecuting dozens of Islamists as alleged members of a fifth column, while Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi government—far more theologically reactionary than the Brothers—declares the group a terrorist threat. The Brotherhood has become a pan-Arab "other" for regimes seeking to tighten their grip on restive citizens.

Article 7 of the UAE Constitution -

Islam is the official religion of the UAE. The Islamic Shari’a is a main source of legislation in the UAE.