Lecture Explores Religion and State in the Middle East and North Africa

With the unprecedented changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, given the social unrest and revolutions, the political future of the respective countries is unknown. Specifically, there is great uncertainty about the role Islam will play within the governing structures of these countries. Another question grappling analysts and pundits, given the make-up of many of these protests and mass rallies, is the role secularism will play in the political process. Many are wondering if secularism and Islam can co-exist in the context of such countries as a post-Mubarak Egypt.

On Sunday, March 27th, the Middle East Society will be hosting a lecture by Cyra Choudhury of the College of Law at Florida International University. Professor Choudhury will begin her talk by considering the intricacies of separating religion and state in the context of the Muslim world, the evolution of secularism and political Islam, and then consider the prospects for secularism in Islamic countries such as Egypt. The lecture will take place at 2pm in the Vice Provost Suite, 3rd Floor of the Library Building, on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181).

The event is open to the public. Parking is free. For more information, please contact the Middle East Society at 305-919-5381 or mes@fiu.edu.