Dr. Ahmet Kuru is a professor of political science and the former director of the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies at San Diego State University.
Dr. Kuru will talk about his new book, “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison,” (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
Some of the discussion points and questions he'll address include:
- Why do Muslim-majority countries have high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages?
- Kuru elaborates an argument about the ulema-state alliance as the cause of these problems in the Muslim world from the eleventh century to the present.
- Criticizing essentialist, post-colonialist, and new institutionalist alternative explanations, Kuru focuses on the relations between intellectual, economic, religious, and political classes in his own explanation.
A book sale and reception will take place before his talk at UNO's Criss Library at 5:30 P.M.
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