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Revolution 2.0 more secular than Islamic

February 11 will be remembered as Egypt’s Fourth of July, now that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down from his 30-year presidency.

February 11 is also Victory Day in Iran: a national holiday commemorating the Iranian Revolution in 1979. [Iran] hoped for its model to spread … a domino effect in the region, seeding Islamic republics throughout the Middle East and the wider world. That has not happened.

Although some of Egypt’s revolutionaries have given voice to Islamic hopes and dreams, the overwhelming majority of them have spoken instead of jobs and elections and corruption and democracy. Their rebellion has been fueled not by the tape-recorded sermons of clerics but by the tweets and Facebook messages of people such activist Wael Ghonim, who’s on leave from his job at Google.

The first domino setting off events was tipped over in Tunisia rather than Iran. This revolution began not with Khomeini but with a street vendor, and it was advanced by the tears of Ghonim.

Islam has taken a back seat to a very different sort of religion: faith in the power of an oppressed people to grasp after freedom and feel it fresh in their own shaking hands.

[Excerpt of article by Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion scholar]

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