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Appeal to tradition combined appeal to belief, "all of believe the true religion," with peer pressure, and authority: "The Imam said so," "our honored ancestors said so." "We always did it this way" is a potent argument, especially in pre-industrial societies. In the Middle East, there are appeals associated with some of the most reactionary traditions, especially treatment of women, homosexuals and minorities. "That is the traditional role of women in our society." Attempts to change these traditions are met with resistance: "You are imposing Western ways on our society - cultural imperialism!" Annoyingly (to you) people with customs that are different from yours often insist that they are right.
Tradition is the motive power of fundamentalist creeds in the Middle East, though often the "ancient traditions" were invented quite recently.
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