1:30 am IST - 3:00 am IST

Past Event

Islamic Exceptionalism in West Asia and the West

Friday, May 04, 2018

1:30 am - 3:00 am IST

Brookings India
Kamalnayan Bajaj Conference Room

Brookings India
New Delhi

Content from the Brookings Institution India Center is now archived. After seven years of an impactful partnership, as of September 11, 2020, Brookings India is now the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent public policy institution based in India.

UpFront Blog: Is Islam exceptional? And what does it mean for the future of Western democracy?

Brookings India conducted a lecture and discussion on “Islamic Exceptionalism in West Asia and the West” that featured Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and contributing editor at The Atlantic. Dr. Hamid’s 2017 book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World, was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize best book on foreign affairs.  It offers a provocative argument on how Islam is “exceptional” in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of not just West Asia but also Western democracy. In the process, Hamid examines different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state.

This discussion was open to the public and press and was on-the-record.

Hamid also spoke on May 9 at an event in Mumbai co-organised by Brookings India and Gateway House.

Also watch him discuss the role and influence of Islamist parties with Brookings Institution non-resident Fellow Madiha Afzal and Brookings India Fellow Dhruva Jaishankar.

Shadi Hamid and Dhruva Jaishankar at the talk in New Delhi
Hamid speaks on Islamic Exceptionalism at Gateway House in Mumbai

Q&A with Dhruva Jaishankar & Shadi Hamid