The Big Bang Theory of Islamic History

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, International MARC Pavilion

FIU Explores Islamic History with Renowned Scholar Richard Bulliet

Thursday, Feb 25 2010

The Middle East Studies Program in the School of International and Public Affairs presents “The Big Bang Theory of Islamic History” with Columbia University professor Richard Bulliet. The event is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 11:00 am in the MARC Pavilion on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

Dr. Richard Bulliet, a world renowned scholar of Islamic and Middle East History, is a professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. He specializes in the social and institutional history of Islamic countries and the history of technology. He writes about Muslim religious politics in both the contemporary world and in earlier periods of Islamic history. He first visited the Middle East in 1965. On his many subsequent trips he has spent time in virtually every region of the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, and South Asia. He has language abilities in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish along with several European languages.

A leading expert in Islamo-Christian civilization, American and Muslim world relations, history of Islamic society and Iranian history, Dr. Bulliet has given several hundred interviews to the print and broadcast media. His commentaries have appeared in Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Arizona Republic, and he has served as a consultant on Islamic matters for Time magazine.

His books include The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004), The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century (ed., 1998), The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (co-ed., 1996), Islam: The View from the Edge (1994), Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period (1979), The Camel and the Wheel (1975), and The Patricians of Nishapur (1972).

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-1792