All countries are backwards and undemocratic as most countries are defined by their religion. Does the UK, USA have no connection to its xtian roots, or Rome by its catholic roots. Asia and Middle eastern countries are also defined by their religious Muslime roots, as is Hinduism in India. Each religion eminates from somewhen and it is something that naturally brings certain groups together. without it the world would be boring and cultureless!
Hamas' Khaled Meshal met with Saeb Erekat in Qatar (Haaretz)