Mandaville Opens Global Affairs Seminar Series

Posted: September 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Peter Mandaville, Department of Public and International Affairs, will speak tomorrow on “Globalization, Politics, and Religious Knowledge in the Muslim World” from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Johnson Center, Assembly Room H (ground floor).

This is the initial brown bag seminar of the series “Topics in Global Affairs,” sponsored by the Global Affairs Program.

Mandaville will address an issue that’s been prominent of late: the question of who speaks for and defines Islam in the world today. “My talk will hope to provide something of an overview of the many voices that claim to speak on behalf of Islam, with particular emphasis on education and intellectual output,” he says. “I will look at sources of both ‘progressive’ interpretations of Islamic knowledge and also more conservative readings. I will be looking at Islam in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the West.”

An expert on Islamic political thought and Islamic fundamentalism, Mandaville earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He lived and conducted research in the Middle East for more than 20 years, and is the author of Transnational Muslim Politics (2001), a study of the global linkages between Muslim movements.

The discussion is open to all, and drinks will be provided. Reservations should be made by calling (703) 993-8770 or e-mailing Marcy Glover.

For more information, visit the Global Affairs Program web site. Faculty members who would like to share their work on global, international, or regional issues at future seminars are invited to contact Johanna Bockman at (703) 993-8778.

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