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The representation of the Arab world as 'exceptional' (because of an absence of democracy) when compared with other regions of the world has permeated political science debates. Falling in line with Orientalist and culturalist theses, such interpretations read the region's political evolution as the result of chaos, randomness and external events and view Arab societies as backward and tribal. Over the decades, these readings have become tightly intertwined with studies emphasizing andoi:10.13130/2612-6672/11793 fatcat:6lm43fxjnbhq3aqdk2twitiwhe