Islamic Exceptionalism
How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World
Shadi Hamid
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A dramatic inside account of the Arab Spring and its violent aftermath, based on years of research, travel, and first-hand access to participants in several nations.
In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, "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. Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying--and alarmingly successful--example of ISIS.
With unprecedented access to Islamist activists and leaders across the region, Hamid offers a panoramic and ambitious interpretation of the region's descent into violence. Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam's past and present, and its outsized role in modern politics. We don't have to like it, but we have to understand it--because Islam, as a religion and as an idea, will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well in the decades to come.
ISBN 9781250061010Category Non-fictionSubcategory Politics & Current Affairs
Publisher Macmillan USImprint St. Martin's PressPublished 07/06/2016
Format C FormatBinding PaperbackPage extent 320
Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the... »