Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of “Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies” (2009) and co-editor (with Danny Postel) of “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East” (2017). He is currently writing a book on the global destabilizing effects of Middle East authoritarianism.
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In these dark days of Muslim history — awash with torture states, corrupt ruling elites and repressed civil societies — the election of a democratic dissident who is both a devout Muslim and a global thinker has the potential to embolden other democratic forces in Muslim societies.