The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Since 2011’s Arab Spring, Islamist groups have been steadily gaining power in what author Shadi Hamid calls the “new Middle East.” Based on hundreds of regional interviews with activists, leaders, and others, Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East traces the roots of Islamic authority and its influence in the area. According to Hamid, these groups rose out of necessity for democratization, but their leadership was far from the traditional, liberal democracies of Western nations. Temptations of Power is a look at how these groups came to power, the effect they’re having on the people, and what their future might hold. Hamid is a Brookings Institute fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
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