Getting Poorer

Why Islamic nations are falling behind

The relatively well-educated men responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States were citizens of Muslim-dominated "failed states." They came from nations that possess neither a modern politics responsive to public pressures nor a prosperous economy. It is important that we understand the economic facts behind those failures. Economic conditions contributed not only to the terrorism itself but also to the...

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About the Author

Jay Mandle is the W. Branford Wiley Professor of Economics at Colgate University. He is also director of development for Democracy Matters (

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