Religion & Spirituality:Islam
Episode 126: The Midterm Elections & The Problem of Democracy, with Shadi Hamid
Parvez and Omar sit down with returning guest Shadi Hamid to discuss the midterm elections and his new book, "The Problem of Democracy: America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea".
In The Problem of Democracy, Shadi Hamid reimagines the ongoing debate on democracy’s merits and proposes an ambitious agenda for reviving the lost art of democracy promotion in the world’s most undemocratic regions. What happens when democracy produces "bad" outcomes? Is democracy good because of its outcomes or despite them?
About Shadi Hamid
Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an assistant research professor of Islamic studies at Fuller Seminary. He is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic, where he writes a monthly essay on culture and politics. His new book is The Problem of Democracy: America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea (Oxford University Press). His previous book, Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World, was shortlisted for the 2017 Lionel Gelber Prize for best book on foreign affairs. Hamid’s first book, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East was named a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2014. He is also the co-editor of Rethinking Political Islam with Will McCants.
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