Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy and the author of  “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World” (St. Martin’s Press), which was shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize. He is also co-editor with Will McCants of “Rethinking Political Islam” (Oxford University Press) and co-author of “Militants, Criminals, and Warlords: The Challenge of Local Governance in an Age of Disorder” (Brookings Institution Press). His first book “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East” (Oxford University Press) was named a Foreign Affairs “Best Book of 2014.” Hamid served as director of research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014. Hamid is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic and vice-chair of the Project on Middle East Democracy’s board of directors.

The Atlantic, contributing editor
EUSPRING, international advisory board
Project on Middle East Democracy, vice-chair of board of directors
World Bank, MENA Advisory Panel, member

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Islamist Movements
Middle East & North Africa
Religion & Politics
Foreign Policy
Center for Middle East Policy
U.S. Relations with the Islamic World
Additional Expertise Areas
Religion, identity, and ideology
Democratization in the Middle East
Muslim Brotherhood
U.S. policy toward political Islam
Past Positions
Director of Research, Brookings Doha Center
Director of Research, Project on Middle East Democracy
Hewlett Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
Resident Fellow, American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan
Program Specialist, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
Legislative Fellow, Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Ph.D., Oxford University
M.A., B.S., Georgetown University

Islamic Exceptionalism

Shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize

A New Statesman Book of the Year

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. Learn more about the book »

"Illuminating."― The Washington Post

"A hugely important book."― General David Petraeus (Ret.)

"[Islamic Exceptionalism] limns the Islamist mind in unnerving detail... Hamid is unafraid to talk about heaven, theodicy and divine justice.”—The National Interest