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Nader Hashemi

Primary Area of Expertise

  • Middle East and Islamic Politics

Also qualified to speak on topics in the following areas:

  • Religion and democracy
  • Secularism
  • Comparative politics and political theory
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Democracy and human rights
  • Islam-West relations

Additional languages spoken

  • Persian
  • French (reading)
  • Arabic (intermediate)


Nader Hashemi is currently Assistant professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  He has taught at the UCLA International Institute, Northwestern University, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.  Hashemi is author of the book “Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy” (Oxford University Press 2009), in which he challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that religious politics and liberal-democratic development are structurally incompatible. While there are certainly tensions between religion and democracy, the two are not irreconcilable.

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