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Middle East Expert Tarek Osman Speaks At Westport Library

Middle East expert Tarek Osman will speak at the Westport Library Thursday.
Middle East expert Tarek Osman will speak at the Westport Library Thursday. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

WESTPORT, Conn. – Tarek Osman, author of “Islamism: What It Means For The Middle East And The World,” will discuss his book Thursday at 7 p.m. in the McManus Room at the Westport Library.

Osman is an author, essayist, documentary filmmaker and political economist. His work focuses on Islamism and Arab politics, social dynamics, economics, modern history and culture. His new book, “Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World,” is an analysis of Islamist movements in the Middle East.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program, which is free and open to the public.

The book addresses what Osman calls a political, social and cultural battle 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.

Osman explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. He examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects 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 20th century and its impact on social contracts and minorities.

Osman is also the author of the international bestseller “Egypt on the Brink,” which was published weeks before Egypt’s 2011 uprising. He has appeared as a commentator on most major international news networks and is a regular contributor on the Arab world and Islamism for many major newspapers and magazines worldwide. He also wrote and presented the BBC documentary series “The Making of the Modern Arab World and Sands of Time: A History of Saudi Arabia.”

The Westport Library is located at 20 Jesup Road.

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