9:30 am - 12:30 pm
This seminar will provide a critical interrogation of the dominant ideologies of so-called modernity and modernization in the post-colonial Arab world (and the Middle East more generally), with a specific focus on contemporary Islamism in the context of the recent Arab revolts. Participants will grapple with what contemporary Islam is and how to delineate the social, cultural, economic, and political conditions under which it first emerged and developed. Participants also will grapple with what appear to be two central paradoxes of the contemporary post-colonial Arab societies: 1- The rise of Islamism and Islamist fundamentalism at a time when global neo-liberalism (itself in crisis) has declared “the end of history” and 2- The sudden recent chain-reaction of popular upheavals and revolts in the Middle East calling for political liberty, political democracy, and constitutional reform.
Seminar led by Jaafar Aksikas, Columbia College
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