Theory #947: The Jinnah Effect 13 September 2006Posted by ALBUS in Culture, GUESTS, Politics, Psychology.
Leaders of Muslim student groups become more conservative upon assuming office. Several reasons for this shift can be identified:
1. Conservative positions enhance the legitimacy of religious leaders.
2. Faced with the prospect of divine accountability, decision-makers are more likely to ‘err on the safe side’ by adopting conservative positions.
3. As a consequence of 1 and 2, student leaders come to see themselves as genuinely more conservative than they once thought. Some call this accommodation, others maturity.