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What is Islamic exceptionalism and what are the geopolitical implications




Is there something exceptional about Islam that contributes to its problems?
Is there something exceptional about Islam that contributes to its problems?
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Many American defenders of Islam have argued it's much like other monotheistic faiths - subject to wide-ranging interpretations and with varying degrees of theology intertwined with politics.

That's not the perspective of senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Shadi Hamid. He's author of "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World."

AirTalk’s Larry Mantle speaks to Hamid, and local Islamic scholar Jihad Turk, about the book’s thesis.

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Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and author of the book, “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World” (St Martin’s Press, 2016). His op-ed in the LA Times on a similar subject was published recently

Jihad Turk, founding president of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school at the Claremont School of Theology