islamdem 12.1 - Islam Democracy(Diamond Lucas Russell...

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12/1/11 (Diamond) Lucas, Russell “Deliberalization in Jordan” Ch. 11; p. 99-106 Legislature in Jordan indefinitely suspended, under rule of Abdallah II (King Hussein’s son o Not fully returned to military rule, but most public protests are banned o Jordanians resent policies; disagree with king’s alliance with US while US has its current policy towards Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Jordanian monarchy uses strategies of both liberalization and deliberalization o Liberalization when royal interests dictate; deliberalization when opposition threatens to get too strong Did not willingly promote liberalization, but felt forced to Population of 5.3 million, mostly Sunni Muslim Arabs, half of Palestinian lineage o Many Palestinians have roots in Israel (formerly West Bank), and history of displacement due to Israeli-Arab conflicts since 1948 “uneasy presence” at times, also tension between Palestinian nationalist groups and Hashemite monarchy; exacerbates arising problems
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