[PAST EVENT] Revolution and Counter-Revolution: How Political Islam Became the Enemy: Professor Tamara Sonn

February 24, 2021
4pm - 5:15pm
Law School, Virtual
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

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Co-sponsored by the Reves Center for International Studies and the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding.

The Arab Spring, the pro-democracy uprisings that brought democratic governments to Tunisia and Egypt (briefly), was a turning point in the history of political Islam. Powerful autocrats reversed their longstanding support for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and designated them terrorists. This lecture describes the history of political Islam and current efforts to demonize it.  

The Kraemer Middle East Scholar-in-Residence

Professor Sonn is the 2021 Virtual Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence. The Reves Center works closely with the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary School of Law to identify potential scholars and promote this initiative. The residency is offered yearly, and provides the opportunity for a scholar specializing in Islamic law and governance to spend a short period of time at William & Mary sharing his or her expertise with the university community. The Scholar-In-Residence is open to all geographical areas and sub-disciplines, provided the Scholar’s background, interest and topical focus are on or clearly related to Islamic law and governance. Learn more about the scholar-in residence program.

Professor Sonn will also give a lecture hosted by the William & Mary Reves Center on March 12,  2021, at 4 PM. The lecture is titled "Arab Spring Ten Years After: The Continuing Quest for Democracy in the Middle East."  Details here. 

About Professor Sonn

Tamara Sonn is Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam and Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Learn more.