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Shadi Hamid: Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 8:00 AM- 9:15 AM ET (UTC/GMT - 5 hours)

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Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World

Islam, it can be argued, is "exceptional" in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. Divides among citizens aren't just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state―and the vexing problem of religion’s role in public life.   

How can this argument help us to understand the past and present of Islam? What can the terrifying example of ISIS teach the West about how Islam and Islamism shape politics and the relationship of religion and the state?   

Shadi Hamid is the author of Islamic Exceptionalism. He is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. Hamid's previous book, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East, was named a Foreign Affairs "Best Book of 2014."

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