Thursday, April 6, 2017

Islamic Exceptionalism by Shadi Hamid

This book's full title is Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle over Islam is Reshaping the World. It seems like the word exceptionalism is just meaning that Islam is different and especially different from Christianity. .There is a long split between Muslims and the Sunni fraction has never forgotten that Mohammed' Grandson was killed and left to rot after the battle of Karbala.

There is an article by Shadi Hamid in The Atlantic that goes over the history of the Muslims. Mostly this good got a good reception on Good Reads. However, some reviewers were critical. This review is basically an interview of Shadi Hamid by Isaac Chotiner.

Shadi Hamid speaks at Brookings Instituion. Shadi Hamid starts speaking at 5:38 into the video. At the same place there is also a video of a discussion between Shadi Hamid and Leon Wieseltier. There is another video at Middle East Institute. Here there are introductions by Sumaiya Hamdani. Shadi Hamid starts talking at 4:30 followed by a talk by Hassan Mneimneh at 18:27 minutes and then one by Nathan Brown at 28.43 into the video. He is followed by a panel discussion at 42:20 and then audience participation. At another talk Shadi Hamid is introduced by Warren Hoge at International Peace Institute . Shadi Hamid starts talking at 4:15. The above are quite long videos, but there is a short video (around 13 minutes) with Shadi Hamid talking.

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