San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event has been postponed until the Fall 2014 semester.
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is proud to present
The Kareema Khoury Annual Distinguished Lecture
Thinking Through "Tradition" About Politics In Egypt Today
Distinguished Professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Copley Formal Lounge
Professor Asad revisits the lecture, "The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam" he delivered at Georgetown nearly 30 years ago, and brings it up to date by drawing briefly on Hannah Arendt's thesis on the connections between tradition, authority, and religion in European history, and by taking up Arendt's theoretical acount to explore aspects of 'revolutionary' politics in Egypt today.
Talal Asad is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Asad is a sociocultural anthropologist of international stature specializing in the anthropology of religion with a special interest in the Middle East and Islam. He is the author or contributing editor of several books, including ‘On Suicide Bombing’ (2009, Columbia University Press), and 'Formations of the Secular (2003, Stanford University Press), and has published in a wide variety of international journals. Dr. Asad has taught at New School University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at Berkeley, King Saud University, Riyadh, Ain Shams University in Cairo, and the universities of Khartoum, Sudan, and Hull, England.
Lecture will be followed by a light reception in the Copley Formal Lounge.
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