EMU experts provide insight into rapidly evolving situation in Egypt

Campus "teach-in" planned for 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 in Student Center

by Geoff Larcom, Published January 31, 2011

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University faculty members with expertise in Middle East studies are available for news media interested in different perspectives about the conflict in Egypt.

  • Mansoor Moaddel, Professor of Sociology - Professor Moaddel specializes in culture and ideology of the Middle East; Middle Eastern politics and governments; and the future of Islamic fundamentalism and its effects on the United States. His latest publications include Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East (with Karabenick, Brill forthcoming), "Religious Regimes and Prospects for Liberal Politics: Futures of Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia," Futures (2010), "The Iranian Revolution and its Nemesis: The Rise of Liberal Values among Iranians." His Islamic Modernism, Nationalism, and Fundamentalism: Episode and Discourse (UChicago Press, 2005) was a Co-Winner of the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association and Winner of the 2007 Scholarly Achievement Award from The North Central Sociological Association. Moaddel is a graduate of Shiraz University in Iran. 
  • John Knight, Assistant Professor of Modern Middle East History -- Professor Knight specializes in modern Middle East history. He teaches courses on the modern Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and also on the Middle East since the rise of Islam. He is particularly interested in 20th century Palestine/Israel. Knight is a graduate of Oxford University and has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East.

Media interested in interviews can contact Eastern Michigan University Media Relations at 734-487-4400. 

Eastern Michigan University's Office of Academic Programs Abroad is coordinating a "teach-in" on the rapidly changing developments in Egypt from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 3 in Ballroom A in the Student Center on the Eastern Michigan University campus.

  Panelists will include individuals with expertise in the Middle East, and will discuss, among other questions: Why this is happening?  Why now? What does it all mean? The program will be open and free of charge to interested students, faculty, staff and members of the community.  Students can receive Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credit for attending.




Geoff Larcom



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