Dr. Thomas Maguire, Associate Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, will speak on Islamism and the Arab Spring. Many observers were shocked by the ascendance of Islamist parties to power in the wake of the Arab Spring. For others, Islamism had been a dynamic and enduring social force for at least the past several decades; with the removal of authoritarian regimes, its emergence as a serious contender for state power was no surprise. Dr. Maguire will consider the diverse and often conflicting approaches to Islamism before and after the moment of the Arab Spring.
November 15th at 7:30 pm.
Dr. Maguire holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he focused on globalization, communication, and Islam. He also received a Fulbright scholarship for his research in Egypt.