Middle Eastern Secularism, Islamism and Sectarianism - A Brief History of Ideas and Politics


Mon, 09/12/2016 - 16:00

Dr. Asher Susser, the Stein Family Professor of Modern Israel at the University of Arizona. 

Over the last two hundred years the Middle East has undergone various forms of Westernizing and secularizing reforms under the impact of European ideas key of which was nationalism. How did Ottoman reforms evolve into nationalism and into secular ideas of collective identity?  Why did the process of secularization have only a limited impact? Secular nationalism proved to be less pervasive than initially assumed and never really superseded religious identities, which have reasserted themselves with great force in recent decades. Islamism has become a dominant force in Middle Eastern politics. As religion and religious identity have become more politicized religious sectarianism has resurfaced to deeply divide Middle Eastern societies and thus to challenge the integrity of the Middle East State system.


This lecture begins at 4pm on September 12th, 2016

Hillel on the University of Arizona campus, 1245 E. 2nd St (click for map).

Parking will be available at 2nd street garage. See map

This event is free and open to the public.



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1390 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
85719 Tucson , AZ