We are very excited to invite you to our upcoming breakfast seminar held on the 14th November 2015 from 830 – 1030am at ETF. Please find details of the breakfast seminar below. Please also find the PowerPoint of this seminar: Extremism, Civil War and the Middle East.
Extremism, civil war and instability in the Middle East: Where will the current crisis lead us to?
Since 2010 conflict and crisis in the Middle East do not come to an end. What originally had started with demonstrations and protests against repressive regimes in the streets of Tunis and Cairo, has turned out into a major civil war in Syria and Irak, the establishment of an even more repressive military regime in Egypt and the failing states of Libya and Yemen. Of all countries, the highest number of extremists traveling to Syria to fight Jihad come from Tunisia which seemed to be strong enough to push back the influence of extremists in the government. What are the reasons for the current crisis – does Islam play a role in it or is it purely politics and misuse of power? Where will the current crisis lead us to?
To register, please send an email to Peirong.firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th October 2015.
Prof. Christine Schirrmacher, PhD is a well-known international scholar of Islamic Studies, currently teaching as Professor of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the department of Islamic Studies and Near Eastern Languages of the State University of Bonn, Germany and the Evangelical-Theological Faculty (ETF) (Protestant University) at Leuven, Belgium. In 2013 she was temporarily teaching at the chair of Islamic Studies at the university of Erfurt, Germany, and in 2014, as a guest professor at the university of Tuebingen, Germany.
She studied Islamic Studies, comparative religions, history and German literature and holds an M. A. and a PhD in Islamic Studies. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with the Muslim-Christian controversy in the 19th and 20th century, her thesis for her postdoctoral lecture qualification (“Habilitation”) focused on contemporary Muslim theological voices on apostasy, human rights and religious freedom.