I’m Shadi Hamid. I’m a fellow at Brookings and I study Islamists. AMA.
Hi everyone. I’m Shadi Hamid, and I started researching Islamist movements in 2004-5 when I was living in Amman. For the last 10 years, I've tried to immerse myself in their world, to ask the question of what animates them. What do they really want? Some of my conclusions are in my new book on political Islam, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East: http://www.amazon.com/Temptations-Power-Islamists-Illiberal-Democracy/dp/0199314055
I’m based in DC with the Project on US Relations with Islamic World at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center and I'm a regular contributor to The Atlantic. Previously I was director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at Stanford University. I also logged some time on Capitol Hill and at the State Department.
I talk a lot about Islamists, Egypt, democratization in the Arab world, and the role of religion in politics. AMA. I will start answering at 1p ET.
EDIT 1, 12:45p: More proof: https://twitter.com/shadihamid/status/466981130466385920
EDIT 2, 2:40p: Hey, need to step away for a bit. I'll be back later this afternoon. Keep the questions coming! Really enjoyed this first round. In the meantime, if you want to get a better sense of my book's arguments on Islamist "illiberalism," check out this excerpt in The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/05/democracys-future-in-the-middle-east-islamist-and-illiberal/361791/
EDIT 3, 4:45p: Back to answer some more questions. Will be on for next hour. Ok, here we go...
EDIT 4, 5:50p: Gotta head out. Will be back in a couple hours to answer a final round of questions.
EDIT 5, 7:30p: Back for a final round. Give me your toughest questions!
EDIT 6, 9:00p: Thanks for all your great questions. I really, really enjoyed the conversation. For those of you who are interested, I delve into a lot of these issues in my new book Temptations of Power http://www.amazon.com/Temptations-Power-Islamists-Illiberal-Democracy/dp/0199314055. If you do get a chance to read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts and continue the discussion. Feel free to tweet me at @shadihamid. Related: You may want to stay tuned about the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, happening in June. The theme is "Islam and Inclusion," which came up quite a bit today: http://www.brookings.edu/about/projects/islamic-world/usiwf-2014-preview