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The Maldives: sun, sand and fanaticism

J.J. Robinson fears that the paradise that was once the Maldives may be lost forever to Islamism

5 December 2015

9:00 AM

5 December 2015

9:00 AM

The Maldives: Islamic Republic, Tropical Autocracy J.J. Robinson

C. Hurst, pp.360, £16.99, ISBN: 9781849045896

Suddenly, the Maldivians are in the news. Earlier this year, they locked up their first democratically elected president, and just recently they declared a state of emergency. It never used to be like this. The Maldives was just a place you saw in brochures, looking expensively turquoise.

It has a population no bigger than Barnet (350,000), and 99 per cent of the country is covered in water.

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