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Islam and Politics in Contemporary Iraq: Sectarianism or Democracy?

Islam and Politics in Contemporary Iraq: Sectarianism or Democracy?

Public Lecture by Eric Davis, part of a colloquium held under the auspices of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

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Duration: 47:20

Eric Davis is a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University.  His research has involved the relationship between state power and historical memory in modern Iraq, the political economy of Egyptian industrialization as a case study of dependency theory, the impact of oil wealth on the state and culture in Arab oil-producing countries, the ideology and social bases of Islamic radical movements, and the comparison of Islamic and Jewish radical movements. His books include Memories of State: Politics, History and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq and Statecraft in the Middle East: Oil, Historical Memory and Popular Culture, with Nicolas Gavrielides.  He is currently working on a two volume study of American Orientalism: Mapping America's Orient: The Middle East in American Political and Popular Culture, 1750-1914, 1914-2003.

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