VENUE: Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower,
21-24 Millbank, London,SW1P 4QP
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A political, social, and cultural battle is currently raging in the Middle East. On one side are the Islamists, those who believe Islam should be the region’s primary identity. In opposition are nationalists, secularists, royal families, military establishments, and others who view Islamism as a serious threat to national security, historical identity, and a cohesive society.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Tarek Osman, whose book Islamism explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. He will examine why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He will dissect the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism’s compatibility with modernity, with the region’s experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities. And he will explain what Salafism means, its evolution, and connections to jihadist groups in the Middle East. Osman will speculate on what the Islamists’ prospects for the future will mean for the region and the rest of the world.
*We will be selling copies of the book on the day- CASH ONLY.*
Tarek Osman is the author of Islamism (Yale, 2016) and Egypt on the Brink (Yale, 2010). He is the writer and presenter of several BBC documentary series, most recently ‘Islam Divided’ (2016). He is also a regular contributor to Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, the Cairo Review, among other publications; and the senior political counsellor for the Arab World and Turkey at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).