Book cover for Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World by Shadi Hamidby Shadi Hamid

Shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize

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.

Author’s Podcast

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Interview with the Author

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Shadi Hamid on “Islamic Exceptionalism”
7/29/16         58 min

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An Unrecognizable Reformation: Shadi Hamid on Islamic Exceptionalism
5/17/16        58 min

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