Am based in the Middle East. Am interested in obtaining eight to ten
good, thought-provoking quotes by very well-known Arab scholars,
thinkers, and/or politicians concerning democracy in the Arab world.
About what democracy means, can mean, in the Muslim/Arab countries,
how it can be attained, what's important. Short and pithy quotes
please by respected, well-known Arab figures. I am going to juxtapose
them with several good quotes about democratic, representative
governance by the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Adlai Stevenson, etc. (ex.,
see below for the start of my work: ? Democracy, the practice of
self-government, is a covenant among free people to respect the rights
and liberties of their peers (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939).
? (Arab quote #1)
? The essence of a democratic republican government is not command.
It is consent (Adlai Stevenson, 1952).
? (Arab quote #2)
? We are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of
the many, and not of the few (Thucydides, 400 BC).
? No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy,
however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic
processes can be pointed out and corrected (Harry S. Truman, 1947).
? (Arab quote #3)
? (Arab quote #4)