Across the Arab world, Islamists are the new political power brokers. In elections in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco, Islamists won big. Similar results are expected in Libya, and if the Assad regime falls, they might well emerge on top in Syria too. After decades of repression by secular rulers, Islamists are now poised to transform the region's politics and culture. But it's still not clear what they plan to do with their power, and what that will mean for those who don’t share their views.
AAM sits down with award-winning author and journalist Deborah Scroggins whose recent book, "Wanted Women: Faith, Lies and the War on Terror," takes a look at militant Islam, Muslim women’s rights, and the war on terror—brought into focus through two lives on opposite sides: activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and religious extremist Aafia Siddiqui.
Noah Feldman is Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of “The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State.” The book is a history of the traditional Islamic constitution.
Shadi Hamid is the Director of Research, Brookings Doha Center and a Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Hamid focuses on Islamist political parties and democratic reform in the Middle East.
Afshin Molavi is a Middle East specialist at the New America Foundation. Molavi studies the geo-politics and geo-economics of the Middle East and Asia, as well as the links between economic development and democratization.
Robert Satloff is executive director of The Washington Institute. He also holds the Institute's Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy. He is an expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy.
The Rise of the Islamists / Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Produced by: Monica Bushman, Joseph Braude, David Enders, Julia Simon, and Flawn Williams / Web Producers: Javier Barrera and Sam Lavine / Photo: Imrane Binoual, Zeinab Mohamed, Freedom House
Host: Katherine Lanpher / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: March 2012
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