Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East
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Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET (16:30 – 18:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

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What are the boundaries of Islamic politics and the forces that shape them? In countries as diverse as Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Yemen, Islamist groups remain an important force in the ranks of opposition and the halls of power. However pragmatic some Islamist groups may be, their ultimate goal remains the Islamization of the state. Based on hundreds of interviews and drawing from history, culture, political theory and theology, author Shadi Hamid investigates the past, present and future of Islamist movements, how and why they change over time, and their ultimate objectives for society.


Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group
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Kaija-Leena Rikkonen
What is your view about the role of Islam in the politics of the Middle East in 2020 and after ? E.g. the next President of Egypt most likely will the Mr El-Sisi, a practicing Muslim. In Finland (my home country) we have one political party, the former Christian Union, renamed Christian Democrats (i.a. follows the 10 Commandments in its political platform, the chair of the Party opposes abortion and premarital sex. Lutherans' share of total polpulation belonging to Church is about 75-77%), the Party's share of votes in the 200 person Parliament is small, around 3-4 %. How much the fact that one third of population in Egypt is illeterate, mattered for the election of Mr. Mursi in 2011. And how much does in matter for Mr El-Sisi's popularity now ?
idtriss demba korera
Do you think islamist believes democraric standards? Comments. I think there will be no role for islamists in 1o years coming. Because fail to manage one year transition period.the reason was they mixed between the revolutoin roles and democratic transition standards.s
Dr. Safei-Eldin Hamed
Egypt, Arab Rep.
The use of the word "illiberal" in the subtitle of your presentation may suggest to me and others that your research has concluded that Islamist movements are unable or unwilling to pursue the various values associated with democracy, such as liberty, equality, and plurality. Do you agree? Why? or Why not?