World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina
Presents the Fifth in the 2014 Great Decisions Series
Turkey – and the Contemporary Middle East
Dr. Samer Traboulsi
Turkey: a nation at a crossroads, a bridge over an ever-growing chasm between the East and West. Turkey’s first Prime Minister Kemal Ataturk envisioned a modern, democratic nation-state built on the ashes of the Ottoman Empire with strong ties to Europe, not the Middle East. But as the clashes between secular and religious groups and the recent protests in Taksim Square show, the soul of Turkey is still very much up for grabs.
Samer Traboulsi received a BA and MA in history from the American University of Beirut. While completing his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, he studied South Asian history at Harvard University and taught Arabic at Yale University. After graduating from Princeton, he joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Asheville as an assistant-professor in the history of the Middle East and the Muslim world. He is mainly interested in the formation and development of religious groups and has published a book and a number of articles on the Ismailis in Yemen, the rise of the Wahhabi movement, and the history of Saudi Arabia.
Co Sponsored by The Department of Political Science, and the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at UNCA.
Tuesday, 4 March
No admission charge to WAC members or UNC-A students. All others $10.00
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