Book talk: "Is Islam an Enemy of the West?" with Dr. Tamara Sonn

Co-sponsored with the Bridge Initiative. Donald Trump campaigned on promises to keep Muslims out of the U.S. and recently made good on his promises. On January 27, 2017 he issued an executive order suspending entry of refugees to the U.S. for 120 days, barring all Syrian refugees, and blocking entry of citizens of seven Muslim majority countries for 90 days, with exceptions made for Christians.  In her recent book, Tamara Sonn addresses the question raised by these actions. She argues that many Muslims oppose the U.S., but not because of religion; like many others worldwide, they oppose U.S. policies that undermine their quest for political rights.  The vast majority of Muslims struggle peacefully to protect their rights.  They oppose both the strategies of the extremists and the militarism that exacerbates it.  In this talk, Professor Sonn will discuss her argument that Islam, therefore is not the problem, and war is not the solution.

Tamara Sonn is the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Her most recent books include Islam: History, Religion, and Politics (Wiley Blackwell 2016), Is Islam an Enemy of the West? (Polity 2016). and Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring (with John L. Esposito and John O. Voll; Oxford 2016). She has published over 100 chapters and articles, and her works have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian. She has lectured in North America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, and the U.S. Department of State, among others. She is founding editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies Online--Islamic Studies, and of Wiley-Blackwell's online journal of Religious Studies Religion Compass. She served as senior editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003), and associate editor of Oxford's Encyclopedia The Islamic World Past and Present (2004). She is senior editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and of Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, as well as Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.

Wednesday, February 22 at 12:30pm to 1:45pm

ACMCU, ICC #270 3700 O Street, NW, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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