Understanding the Crisis of Religion and Politics in Muslim Societies: presented by Dr. Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Middle East Islamic Politics at Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Has the promise of the Arab Spring turned into an Arab winter? The rise of Islamic fundamentalist parties in recent elections in Tunisia and Egypt seems to suggest as much. In these elections that followed the toppling of longstanding dictators, secular and liberal parties have been soundly crushed while the Muslim Brotherhood and other religious-based parties have emerged victorious. How can we begin to understand the popularity and persistence of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East? What are the prospects for liberal democracy in the region? Where is this region headed politically in the coming years and what are the implications for the United States and the West? This lecture provides a historical framework for answering these questions based on lessons learned from the history of early modern Europe. We were fortunate to have Dr. Andrea Stanton, professor of Religious Studies at D. U. talk about the issues around Islam in October and now we have Professor Hashemi continuing the conversation. This is an absorbing issue and while it is not about “jobs” it is about the economy.