I hear you on that, but it’s really on a whole other level here, where asking for freedom is not, like, a central thing (not that no one has freedom, they do to a great extent, but it’s not a right that’s explicitly valued as one everyone should have). I mean, liberty is one of the key things in the French revolution. Americans have that whole freedom of speech thing. We don’t really have that in the explicit culture, let alone the politics.
One can easily interpret the Quran in ways that encourage or mandate personal freedom, but interpretations of holy texts are fluid and anyone can interpret anything, really… practice is what matters.
But now I realize that’s what you’re saying. That despite discourses of freedom, in practice it’s not that easy. So, I hear you. I would maybe just say, even the discourses on valuing freedom as a human right here are not there.