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Lectures focus on politics of Islam, Oct. 17-Nov. 28

A series of four lectures this fall on "The Politics of Contemporary Islam" will begin with a talk Wednesday, Oct. 17, titled "Wahhabism and Contemporary Jihadist Movements" by David Commins, the Benjamin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College.

Commins' talk and others in the series will be held at 4:30 p.m. in 219 Burr Hall. The other lectures are:

• "The Genealogy of Revolutionary Islamism: A Historical Footnote" by Fawaz Gerges, the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

• "Martyrs Without Borders: The Puzzle of Foreign Fighters in the Iraqi Insurgency" by Mohammed Hafez, a visiting professor of political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

• "Salafism in Yemen and the Question of Politics" by Laurent Bonnefoy, a doctoral candidate at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

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