Category: Islam

Ethnicity, Identity, and Meaning in Comparative Politics: A New Approach

One of the hard things about studying ethnicity is that socially-embedded meanings and ideas about ethnic identity are hard to uncover. Qualitative and contextual research is essential, but this stands in the way of other important goals such as generalization and inter-group comparison. Political scientists who study ethnicity in the comparative context have struggled to […]

How Might Ethnonationalism Replace Religion?

If you are like me, you were transfixed by Shadi Hamid‘s NPR interview this morning. He touched broadly on two issues: the compatibility of Islam and democracy, and the consequences of the declining religious support in the West for the rise of ethnonationalism. Hamid’s discussion of this first point draws on arguments he makes at […]