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Freethinking, Secularism and the Arab Spring


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Speaker(s): Professor Aziz Al- Azmeh
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges

Recorded on 15 October 2012 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

What is the condition of the relationship between religion and polity in the Arab World following the upheaval of the past two years? What is the relationship between this condition and the long history of secularism and freethinking in the Arab World? Professor Aziz Al-Azmeh will reflect on these questions as well as take questions from the audience during this lecture.

Aziz Al-Azmeh is professor in the School of History at the Central European University and author of Islams and Modernities (Verso, 2009). Al-Azmeh has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, Yale University, University of California, Berkeley, Georgetown University and the American University of Beirut. His works in English also include The Times of History: Universal Themes in Islamic Historiography (CEU Press, 2007) and Muslim Kingship: Power and the Sacred in Muslim, Christian, and Pagan Politics (IB Tauris, 2001).

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