Political Islam and Modernity in Kuwait

Jamie Etheridge writes about how the newly empowered Islamist bloc in the Kuwaiti parliament is increasing political and social tensions in the tiny Gulf emirate and is a microcosm of the broader regional debate between traditionalists and modernizers. The fear is that their hostility toward foreign influences, women’s rights, and “immoral” private behavior may setback social reform. Furthermore, with Kuwaitis already displeased with the corruption and inaction of parliament, battles between Islamists and modernizers could further disillusion citizens towards parliament and political reform.