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The Center's first event of 2017 will feature Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Hamid will deliver a free public lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 in the Old Main Carson Ballroom on ASU's Tempe campus.
Is politics the new religion? What defines our collective sense of meaning and purpose in society today? These are central questions that Hamid explores in his work on religion and democracy in the Middle East and the United States.
Historically, religion has served as a glue that facilitates group identity, offering social solidarity and a framework by which people structure their sense of self. However, in our current context, we've witnessed a shift: as religious and political actors become all the more entangled and politics becomes increasingly intent on gaining the power to implement moral and ideological goals, what now is creating our sense of shared meaning in a democratic society? Is it religion? Is it politics? Or something else? And are there lessons to be learned by comparing the role of religion in the U.S. and in the Middle East? Join us for an informative and engaging discussion led by Hamid on the topics of religion, democracy, and the politics of meaning at the start of a new global era.
Hamid is a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute and an important new voice on issues of religion and global affairs. He is the author of Temptations of Power: Islamists Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East, which was named of Foreign Affairs “Best Book of 2014.” His most recent book, Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping Our World has been described as a page-turner that will impact how you see the world.
A reception and booksigning will follow the lecture.