The Religious Piety of the Egyptian Electorate as an Obstacle to True Democracy In the Upcoming Elections

A famous maxim by Karl Marx goes, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” In this day and age, Marx’s statement could not be better illustrated than in Post-Mubarak Egypt. As it is, the use of religion and specifically Islam as a vote-gathering tool stands to spell doom to their dreams of a democratic country. In a bid to swing the votes, some candidates are campaigning on a platform of Islamic rule. This is a potential Achilles’ heel for the restoration of democracy in Egypt. Following the ousting of Hosni Mubarak and the NDP in what came to be known as the Arab Spring it was believed that the Egyptian people had effectively put an end to totalitarian rule in their country. This is because during the reign of Hosni Mubarak, the country was governed under dictatorial terms in which the citizens were given a very limited democratic space to express themselves. Religion has always been a toll for bringing people together. However in Egypt, based on the direction Egyptian politics are going, Islam is going to become an impediment to democracy.

Originally posted 2016-10-25 09:59:48.