For all the violence and oppression in the Middle East, Arab politics are more alive than ever. At the epicenter of political debate is the role of Islam. It unleashes both passion and fear, yet religion is undeniably the anchor that defines discourse in a time of unprecedented transition. In his new book, Arguing Islam After the Revival of Arab Politics, Nathan J. Brown explores the dynamic debate—how it has evolved over the past two decades and what it means for the future—in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a discussion of the book’s findings with Nathan Brown, moderated by Sarah Feuer, and with commentary from Amr Hamzawy. A light lunch was provided from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. with discussion following from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Following the discussion, copies of the book were available for sale with signing by the author.
Nathan J. Brown is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University.
Amr Hamzawy is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Sarah Feuer is a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.