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Islamic Exceptionalism

By Shadi Hamid
"Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World" (St. Martin's Press, 2016) by Shadi Hamid

In Islamic Exceptionalism, 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.

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