During Providence‘s “Islam, the Middle East, and Christian Engagement  with the Middle East” event in Middleburg, Virginia, Tawfik Hamid spoke about his experiences with radical Islam and the lessons he learned.

Dr. Hamid wrote about becoming radicalized in more detail in Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works; Why It Should Terrify Us; How to Defeat It, which Paul Coyer reviewed for Providence.

Due to technical difficulties, not all of the talk was recorded. Our apologies.

Also at the event:

To watch Chris Seiple address how Americans and Christians could use soft power to help prepare for an Iraq after ISIS, click here.

To watch Robert Nicholson talk about his article in the inaugural issue of Providence, which argued for autonomous safe havens where Middle Eastern ethnic communities, including Assyrians, could provide their own security, click here.

To watch Juliana Taimoorazy explain the situation Assyrians face in northern Iraq, click here.

To watch Marek Jan Chodakiewicz place Islam in its historical context, click here.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid is a medical doctor in cognitive psychology, Islamic thinker and reformer, one time Islamic extremist from Egypt, and the author of Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works; Why It Should Terrify Us; How to Defeat It. He was a member of a radical Islamic organization Jamaa Islameia JI (of Egypt) with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who later became the second in command of Al-Qaeda. After being radicalized in the JI (approximately thirty-five years ago), he had an awakening of his human conscience, recognized the threat of Radical Islam, and started to teach modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. He has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, CSPAN, and Aljazeera, and his op-ed pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, Voice of America, France 24, RT (Russia Today), and the Jerusalem Post. To learn more, click here.

Photo Credit: Islamic State convoy.