And I’m using the term ‘Arabian world’ very loosely here, please be aware of that.

I’ve said before that I’m not looking at making a lot of comments on the Muslim monarchies, because we’re looking at too many political implications there, due to the fact that we’re largely dealing with absolute monarchies there.

Still, with what is currently going on in the world, I thought it would be interesting to at least bring to the attention of everyone (well, you guys, really), that there is more than just the deposed Pahlavi dynasty in Iran. Pretty much all countries that today are Arabian, or predominantly Muslim, had kings or what would be the equivalent. Many of these kings have been deposed for a while yet, replaced with dictators of one kind or other.

Not a difference you say? Maybe that’s true for some, but unless a king turns out to be a tyrant, to me a hereditary monarchy (or at least semi-hereditary, as things are not always as clear cut as around Europe) is preferable over a dictatorship, hereditary or not.

Unpopular opinion is unpopular.

Anyway, what it comes down to is that Dag T. Hoelseth has made an interesting post over on his blog. For easier access, here’s a compilation of the links that seem most relevant (also so I have a record of them for myself).

In Egypt, today would rule King Fouad II, the WSJ had a feature about him last September already.

There’s not a lot of info about Tunisia, but here is some broader look at the Husainid Dynasty, that would put the Pasha (that term might ring familiar in some ears?) on the throne now.

Libya’s “Crown Prince” today would be Muhammad al-Senussi. Aljazeera has an interview with him, which is probably the most recent info from anyone in regards to this (as it is from February this year).

Following disclaimer: I’m not saying they should restore the monarchies in North Africa. I don’t think all the people would be behind this, so that might land them exactly where they came from in the first place. However, looking at the sole fact that the current kings in Jordan and Morocco rule in a factual absolute monarchy (despite having ministers and a parliament etc.), it might be a good idea to get the current pretenders to the thrones behind the democratic movement to keep the train rolling and on track.