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The Appeal of Islamic Fundamentalism by Prof Michael Cook FBA at the British Academy

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Published on Mar 14, 2013

THE BRITISH ACADEMY LECTURE

The Appeal of Islamic Fundamentalism

Professor Michael Cook FBA

Tuesday 26 February 2013, 6.00pm -- 7.15pm followed by a reception
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 5AG

There is nothing exceptional about religion playing a role in politics, but among the major religions of the world today none plays a more salient role than Islam. Particularly conspicuous is the contribution of trends of thought that we loosely refer to as 'Islamic Fundamentalism'. What is it about the combination of the Islamic heritage and the state of the contemporary world that makes Islamic Fundamentalism so attractive and Islam so politically salient?

About the speaker:
Michael Cook is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He studied at the University of Cambridge and SOAS, University of London until he moved to Princeton in 1986. His published work is mainly concerned with the formation and development of Islamic civilisation, including the role played by religious values in that process. He has also studied in great detail a particular Islamic value across history: the duty of every Muslim to tell people off for violating God's law (al-amr bi`l-ma'ruf).

His publications include The Koran (in the OUP 'Very Short Introduction' series, 2000), Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought (Cambridge, 2000), and Forbidding Wrong in Islam: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2003).

To find out more visit: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2013/f...

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