When: October 10, 2009
From: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Santa Fe Preparatory School
Lecture 3: Political Islam
Lecturer: Emile Nakhleh
This lecture on political Islam focuses on the growth of Islamization of Muslim politics in the last two decades, the manifestations and drivers of this phenomenon, the current debates that are raging within the Muslim umma about the future of Islam, the rise of Islamic political parties and the diversity and complexity of Muslim societies. Recent trends of radicalization and de-radicalization, the different levels of jihad and the impact of political Islam on U.S. national security will also be addressed.
Emile Nakhleh is a former Senior Intelligence Service Officer who was in charge of the political Islam project within the U. S. intelligence community. Before joining the CIA in 1993, Dr. Nakhleh was the John L. Morrison Professor of International Studies and a department chair at Mount St. Mary’s University (MD), where he taught for 26 years. His most recent book is A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World (Princeton University Press, 2009).