by NICOLE FLEURY for BERKELEY CENTER FOR RELIGION, PEACE & WORLD AFFAIRS (GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) on DECEMBER 3, 2012:
In reference to a Muslim country dictated by Shari’a law, I suppose this is a fair enough question, one that was posed by a fellow study abroad student earlier this semester. Similar to my peer, before arriving in Doha, I thought I was able to accurately characterize the country with an explanation of three main points: the particular religious laws and mores, the process of emerging as a more familiar and recognized Gulf state, and lastly, its rapid development. However, I quickly realized upon arrival that this country was more complex than just a combination of three overarching factors.
Nicole Fleury is a junior in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service majoring in Regional and Comparative Studies of the Middle East and United States with a focus on the interaction between religion and politics.