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Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a reading of the Hadith at Al-Zaytuna Mosque in Tunis

Middle East regimes challenge religious order, move toward modernization

In Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, leaders are chipping away at religious traditionalism to make way for the economic and social reforms their peoples demand. Usually, the vehement backlash to such attempts has thwarted any momentum toward modernization. But this time, the leaders are taking slow, careful steps, and have popular support. They just may pull it off.

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