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Religion-based political violence: What's God got to do with it?

121 Muirhead Tower
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Wednesday 21st February 2018 (15:00-16:30)
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  • Prof. Jocelyne Cesari (School of Theology)
  • Dr Akil Awan (Royal Holloway)
  • Dr Fabio Petito (Sussex) 

This seminar is free to attend and all are welcome.

Convenor: Dr Mark Goodwin


Professor Jocelyne Cesari is Professor of Religion and Politics in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham, and Director of Research in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. Professor Cesari also teaches courses on contemporary Islam and world politics at the Georgetown University Berkley Center and Harvard Divinity School. Professor Cesari is an expert in religion and international politics, Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. Her books include Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies (PalgraveMacmillan, 2013), The Islamic Awakening: Religion, Democracy and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and What is Political Islam? (Lynne Rienner, 2018) 

Dr Fabio Petito is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. His research areas include International Political Theory, Religions, Civilizational Dialogue, and the International Relations of the Mediterranean Region. He is the convenor of the interdisciplinary Freedom of Religion or Belief and Foreign Policy research initiative at Sussex. He is the co-editor of Towards a postsecular international politics: new forms of community, identity, and power (PalgraveMacmillan, 2014 -with Luca Mavelli). 

Dr Akil Awan is Senior Lecturer in Modern History, Political Violence and Terrorism at Royal Holloway University of London. His research interests are focused around the history of terrorism, political violence, and social movements and protest, He is Founder and Chair of the Political Science Association’s Specialist Group on Political Violence & Terrorism. His publications include Radicalisation and Media: Connectivity and Terrorism in the New Media Ecology (Routledge, 2011 - with Andrew Hoskins and Ben O’Loughlin)  

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