Islam: Debating Democracy, Tolerance, and Terrorism
As Western countries are experiencing the growth of far-right political parties — some of which go so far as to view Islam and its adherents as existential threats to western civilization — Muslim populations are facing increased hostility from those who would conflate terrorism with their faith. Some even question whether the faith is compatible with democracy — an idea that is not limited to the far right. Often, assumptions are made about Muslims as if adherents to the faith are a monolith; and in recent months, a pair of proposed bans on certain immigrants to the U.S. have been criticized for targeting people of the Muslim faith.
Join us for an important and timely discussion on the debates that occur within and about the Muslim world: on the role of the faith in governance, public life, and terrorism. How can governments — especially those under pressure from a fearful or ill-informed population — best engage their Muslim populations?
Shadi Hamid is Senior Fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, and the author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize. His previous book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East was named a Foreign Affairs "Best Book of 2014." Hamid served as Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014. Prior to joining Brookings, he was director of research at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Hamid is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and the vice-chair of POMED's board of directors.
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