Mark Steyn: America, Europe, and the Islamic World

Mark Steyn

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes writer/critic Mark Steyn, the 2007 Nimitz Lecturer at Berkeley. Focusing on his new book, "America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It," they discuss Europe and America's relations with the Islamic world. In the interview, their conversation also focuses on the craft of writing in a multi media globalized world.

KEYWORDS: Nimitz Lecturers.

M. Ibrahim Turhan: Islam and Capitalism

M. Ibrahim Turhan

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Dr. M Ibrahim Turhan, Chairman and CEO, Borsa Istanbul (Turkish securities exchange) for a discussion of his intellectual journey. Topics covered include: stock exchanges in emerging markets, the interface between Islam and capitalism, and the importance of entrepreneurship in Turkey’s economic success.


Khaled Ahmed: Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism

Khaled Ahmed

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler is joined by guest Khaled Ahmed, one of the best known political analysts writing in the Pakistani press, to discuss Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism.

KEYWORDS: Pakistan, South Asia.

Vitaly Naumkin: Islam and State Power in the Middle East and Central Asia

Vitaly Naumkin

Conversations with History and Host Harry Kreisler welcome Russian scholar and policy analyst, Vitaly Naumkin, who reflects on Islam, Russian perspectives on the Middle East and Central Asia, and the implications of U.S. policy.

KEYWORDS: State Power, Iraq.

Vali Nasr: Islam and the State

Vali Nasr

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Professor Vali Nasr, who is Professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego. He's the author of several books on political Islam, most recently The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power.

Tariq Ramadan: Islam, Identity, and Globalization

Tariq Ramadan

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Oxford University Professor Tariq Ramadan for a discussion of his new book, "What I Believe." Reflecting on the formative experiences of his life, Professor Ramadan traces the influence of his family, his education in Western philosophy and Islamic studies, and the impact of his different careers including high school principal, philosopher, and Islamic scholar. He explains what it means to be a religious reformer and characterizes his work as a bridge builder between the Islamic world and the West. Articulating his...

Talal Asad: Thinking About Religion, Secularism and Politics

Talal Asad

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Talal Asad who reflects on his life and work as an anthropologist focusing on religion, modernity, and the complex relationships between Islam and the West.

Key Words: Political 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

Steven A. Cook: The Implications of Military Rule for Democratization in the Middle East

Steven A. Cook

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations for a discussion of the impact of the military on democratization in Turkey, Algeria, and Egypt. He analyzes the structure of power in these countries, the role of Islamic parties in furthering democratization, and raises important questions about U.S. policy in the region through comparison with the policies of the European Union.

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