Spring Term 2015
Omid Safi: Middle East, Islam & American Empire
From site: Humanities Center
2013 Ira Wender lecture from Omid Safi, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC, Chapel Hill.
The years since 9/11 have continued to see an escalation of America's involvement with various Middle Eastern countries, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tensions with Iran, as well as fraught relationships with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.
Connected to these tensions is the rise of Islamophobia both towards Middle East as well as America's Muslim population. Professor Safi will examine how America's increased entanglement in the Middle East is also shaping (and betraying) America's own democratic experiment.
This event will be followed by a tea and cookies reception in the Weitz Center 236 South Nook. Everyone welcome!
Sponsored by Humanities Center. Contact: Nikki Lamberty, x4217