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CMSS Seminar Series: Religion, State and Society, 2017
DATE: Multiple (details below)
TIME: 4.00pm – 6pm
WHERE: Fox Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, The University of Western Australia
REGISTRATION: Register via Eventbrite or email.
Legalizing Authoritarianism in Egypt
Dr Amr Hamzawy, American University in Cairo and Cairo University
DATE: Thursday, 16 March 2017
This talk examines the ways through which successive Egyptian governments have utilized lawmaking to eliminate opponents and silence voices of dissent since the coup of 3 July 2013. Key examples include the adoption of a draconian protest law and anti-terrorism laws. Most recently, the legislature passed a bill that, subject to the president’s approval, is poised to significantly curtail the autonomy of civil society organizations. By restricting freedom of expression and association and clamping down on voices of dissent, these legal initiatives have helped upgrade the repressive bureaucratic tools at the disposal of the government.
The Arab world: between Collapse and Transformation
Dr Shafeeq Ghabra, Kuwait University
DATE: Thursday, 6 April 2017
Since the rebellions of 2011 and more so since 2012, the Arab order is actually in a state of disorder, sitting atop a time bomb made up of youth, who constitute the overwhelming majority. Today’s youth, in stable and in non-stable states, want more freedom, dignity, jobs, and security — in short, more fulfilling lives. The state’s desire for unaccountability and security cannot satisfy their aspirations and in fact pushes them in the opposite direction. If the present trends dominated by unaccountable and non-responsive security-oriented regimes continues, the next wave of Arab revolutions will be more radical in its thinking and methods.
The region as continuum in Iraq: transnationalism, localism and decentralization as a way to understand Iraq’s past and present and possibly its future too
Dr Hala Fattah, Qatar University
DATE: Thursday, 27 April 2017
The talk will center on a more nuanced interpretation of Iraqi state and society in the Hashemite and early republican eras (1921-1967) and will go beyond the facile misinterpretation of Iraq as a failed state or a state in the throes of implosion, to argue that it is a state that carries a familiar imprint in the region. Like Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, Iraq is a state unlike the standard European theoretical model—traditionally defined as one created by its own citizenry, which rallies around a set of agreed-upon national ideals and whose frontiers are considered “natural” and correspond to the limits of ethnic or religious or geographic self-determination, a state in short that parallels the singular nationalism of its people.
CMSS’s Religion, State & Society Seminars will explore the role of religion in shaping lived experiences of Muslims in the contemporary globalised world. This involves exploring the interaction between Muslims and non-Muslim in political, social, cultural and economic spheres at local, national and global levels.
Leading academics and researchers in the field will present papers on various topics, including terrorism and radicalisation, gender issues, democratisation, secularism, and so on.