Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:45am

Making Sense of the Islamic State

Sponsored by: Institution for Social and Policy Studies

This lecture will introduce audiences to the broader context from within which the movement currently known as the Islamic State emerged. Consequently, the lecture will draw on the literatures of three areas of inquiry in Middle East studies: political Islam and Islamist movements; state formation, regime-society relations, and state breakdown; and the international relations of the Middle East (with a focus on regional and international rivalries and interventions). The lecture will emphasize the emergence of the Islamic State within the post-2003 Iraqi context, its growth in the post-2011 Syrian context, and the current interplay between the Islamic State, regional regimes, and international powers. It will conclude with an assessment of the changing forms of organization, revenue generation, and political-military strategies the organization has utilized thus far. The lecture therefore presents both a theoretical and historical framework to make sense of the contemporary political sociology of the Islamic State. In doing so, the lecture will invariably engage with current representations and debates about the Islamic State in mainstream media and policy analysis networks.

Admission: Free
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