Religious Challenges to the Secular State,
from Christian Militias to al Qæda
Mark JuergensmeyerDirector, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Thursday, September 20, 2012 – 7:00pm
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
See Mark Juergensmeyer's fascinating tweets
about the current crisis in the Middle East
Why has the turn of the twenty-first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion? From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq, a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world. With his new book, Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qæda, Mark Juergensmeyer provides an up-to-date road map through this complex new religious terrain.
Dr. Juergensmeyer is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books. His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003), was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. He has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, and Fox News.
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MAPS & DIRECTIONS
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – 3:00pmAshe Administration Building, Room 427
Professor Jergensmeyer provided these background readings for the seminar. The focus will be on the first, shorter reading: