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‘Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi (d. 1902) on the Nature of Oppression

“Oppression manipulates facts in people’s minds, leading people to believe that whoever seeks truth is sinful, that whoever abandons his rights is obedient, that the one who cries out [against oppression] is mischievous, that the perceptive and intelligent are godless, and that the useless one is upright. It transforms genuine advice into intrusiveness, caring for others into enmity, magnanimity into transgression, enthusiasm/zeal into foolishness, mercy into illness, just as it considers hypocrisy to be a policy, manipulation to be civility, and pettiness/villainy to be kindness.”

الاستبداد يقلب الحقائق فى الأذهان، فيسوق الناس إلى اعتقاد أن طالب الحق فاجر، وتارك حقه مُطيع، والمُشتكي المُتظلم مُفسِد، والنبيه المُدقق مُلحد، والخامل المسكين صالح، ويُصبح -كذلك- النُّصْح فضولا، والغيرة عداوة، الشهامة عتوّا، والحميّة حماقة، والرحمة مرضا، كما يعتبر أن النفاق سياسة والتحيل كياسة والدنائة لُطْف والنذالة دماثة

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