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Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison

  • January 07, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting

Dr. Ahmet Kuru presents: "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison"

At 10:00, the presentation will begin. After North County President Bill Davison says his usual few words, Moderator Mehdi Sarram will introduce our guest, Dr. Ahmet Kuru who will talk about his new book “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison”. He will discuss why Muslim-majority countries tend to have high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages. Dr. Kuru argues that the ulema-state alliance (religious scholar-state alliance) has been a major contributor to these problems in the Muslim world from the eleventh century to the present. Dr. Kuru is Porteous Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He received his PhD from the University of Washington and held a post-doc position at Columbia University. His 2019 book, “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison”, was the co-winner of the American Political Science Association’s International History and Politics Section Best Book Award. He is also the author of the award-winning book “Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey”. His works have been translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Persian, and Turkish.

At 11:00 Mehdi will begin the Q&A. The basic approach is for anyone who wants to ask a question to text Mehdi a Zoom CHAT message indicating that and summarizing the question. Mehdi will then call on the person to ask the question.


At 12:00 we will end the meeting.



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Topic: Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment 
Time: Jan 7, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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