Olivier Roy: The Political Imagination of Islam

Olivier Roy

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Olivier Roy, senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. Their discussion covers Islamic movements, the rise of fundamentalism, the failure of political Islam, and relations between the West and the Islamic world.

Key Words: Sociologists, Islam, Political Identity

Olivier Roy: Globalization and Islam

Olivier Roy

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes distinguished French political scientist Olivier Roy for a discussion of globalization's impact on religion and culture. The conversation focuses on changes within Islam. They explore the balance of power between Islamists and neo fundamentalists, the dynamic propelling terrorism, and the appropriate response of the West to the challenges posed by the interaction between globalizatiion and Islam.

John L. Esposito: Islam and the West

John L. Esposito

Georgetown University Professor John L. Esposito talks with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler about the complex forces shaping Islam and its relationship with the West.

Key Words: Islam, Middle East, Religion

Jocelyn Cesari: Islam in the West

Jocelyn Cesari

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard's Jocelyn Cesari for a discussion of the subtle and complex changes transforming Islam practice and thinking as Muslims live and work in the West. Topics covered include: Muslim women, the changes in religious practices, sharia and Western courts, the emergence of moderate voices, and political factors affecting Western perceptions of Islam.

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Joan Wallach Scott: The Politics of the Veil

Joan Wallach Scott

Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Joan Wallach Scott who traces her intellectual odyssey and recalls the impact of the women's movement on her research and teaching. She describes the intellectual influences that led her to write the now classic article, "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis." She also discusses the utility of critical history for elucidating contemporary policy debates with a focus on her recent book "The Politics of the Veil," an analysis of the political, cultural, and social factors that led to the French ban on the wearing of the veil by Muslim young women...

Ira Lapidus: Islamic Societies

Ira Lapidus

Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and the founding Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies on the Berkeley campus joins Harry Kreisler to discuss Islam, its relation to politics, the treatment of women in Islamic societies, and how an understanding of Islamic history might inform U.S. foreign policy.

Key Words: Historians, Middle East, Islam,...

Fawaz A. Gerges: Inside Muslim Militancy

Fawaz A. Gerges

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Fawaz A. Gerges for a discussion of the origins, evolution and future direction of Islamic militancy.

Key Words: Political Scientists, Islam, Terrorism

Daniel Pipes: Militant Islam

Daniel Pipes

Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, for a discussion militant Islam, the impact of 9/11, and the factors shaping the debate on the U.S. role in the Middle Ea.

Key Words: Islam

Akbar Ganji: Islam and Democracy

Akbar Ganji

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Iranian journalist and human rights activist Akbar Ganji for a discussion of the dynamics of change in Iran. Topics covered include the Iranian Revolution in comparative context, the problem of establishing democracy in Islamic societies, power in Iran, and U.S. Iranian Relations.
Ganji also talks about his work as an investigative journalist in Iran and his political imprisonment.

KEYWORDS: Iran, Revolution, Democracy, Political Activism, Dissent, Political Prisoners.

Ahmed Rashid: The Rise of Militant Islam

Ahmed Rashid

Journalist and author Ahmed Rashid joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler for a discussion of"The Rise and Fall of Militant Islam" on this episode of Conversations with History. Topics covered include: the legacy of the Soveit Union in Central Asia; intervention and its impact on fundamentalism; fundamentalism versus traditional Islam; U.S. foreign policy; and Pakistan's future.

KEYWORDS: Journalists, Islam, Soviet...