Political Islam with Shadi Hamid


Guest: Shadi Hamid

The Arab Spring uprisings and the end of dictatorships in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, gave rise to new political and governing powers for Islamic parties. While their leadership was short lived in, for example Egypt, the role of political Islam continues to create enormous tensions and challenges when it comes to the possibility for democracy in the region. Our guest, SHADI HAMID is a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and the author of the recent book, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East. He joins us in the studio to talk about political Islam, the rise of the Islamic State and how the West views Islam and its values.

(AP Photo/Hossam Diab, Egyptian Army, File)

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