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Politicization of Religion or Sacralization of Politics: Two Faces of Political Islam

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Ali Banuazizi
Boston College

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

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Abstract: With the Islamic State increasing its reach in the Levant and violence in the name of Islam being perpetrated around the globe, Islam and politics appear highly intertwined in our age. In this Boisi Center lunch, distinguished scholar of the Middle East Ali Banuazizi will critically examine the connection between Islam and the political realm.


Ali Banuazizi is a political science professor at Boston College. His research focuses on the political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East; and Iran’s social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. He is currently the director of the Program in Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS) and chair of the International Studies Academic Advisory Board at Boston College; is on the editorial board and advisory council of the journal Iranian Studies, of which he is a founding editor; and is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS). He is the editor of several volumes, including The New Geopolitics of Central Asia and Its Borderlands, and the author of numerous journal articles. He earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan, his M.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York and his Ph.D. from Yale University.

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In June 2014, the Islamic State declared the formation of a caliphate. Since then it has both been attracting new members and wreaking havoc throughout the Middle East. On February 18, BC professor Ali Banuazizi will address a Boisi Center lunch audience on the connection between politics and Islam.