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The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment
Co-sponsored Event
April 25, 2018 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Alexander Bevilacqua, Assistant Professor of History, Williams College

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur’an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic […]

A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism
Berkeley Public Theology Program
April 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Victoria Smolkin, Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University

When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools — from education to propaganda to terror — to turn its vision of a Communist world without religion into reality. Yet even with its monopoly […]

Towards a Subaltern History of the Crusades?
Co-sponsored Event
April 09, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Christopher J. Tyerman, Oxford University Professor of the History of the Crusades

Lecture details are forthcoming. Christopher J. Tyerman is Professor of the History of the Crusades at Oxford University. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Program in Medieval Studies

Politics of Religion in Post-Coup Turkey
Co-sponsored Event
March 19, 2018 / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Yunus Doğan Telliel, Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Theology

While there remain many unanswered questions regarding the July 2016 coup attempt, most Turkish citizens seem to agree with the government that putschists were linked to Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement. Although the government was decisive about what some call “de-Gülenification” in state and private sectors, the possibility of a coup organized by a […]

The "Protestant" Impulse in Modern Islamic Thought
Co-sponsored Event
March 08, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ISAS Conference Room, UC Berkeley California

The subject of this talk is Islamic modernism (1840-1940), the religio-political movement that first attempted to reconcile Islam in the modern period with western values, such as secularism, modern science, democracy, and women’s rights. This movement coincided with the dissolution of Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid empires, and the consolidation of British and French rule in […]

Leaving Religion and Losing Culture: Secular Conversion among Hispanic Freethinkers, Black Atheists, and Ex-Muslims
Co-sponsored Event
March 01, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Geballe Room, UC Berkeley CA

Joseph Blankholm, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, UC Santa Barbara

The line between religion and culture is difficult to draw. When people leave religion and become secular, they often sacrifice parts of their culture that have been tied to their religion. Relying on years of ethnographic research among avowedly secular people, Blankholm argues that becoming secular is a transformative process akin to conversion, and that […]

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