Episode 117 32 min 18 sec Flavors of democracy: United States' ambitions in the Middle East
James Piscatori is Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Prior to this appointment, Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University. He was formerly Fellow of Wadham College and of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and member of the Faculties of Social Studies and Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. He has held professorial appointments in the Department of International Politics, the University of Wales, and the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he has been a Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
Professor Piscatori is the author of Islam in a World of Nation-States and co-author (with Dale F. Eickelman) of Muslim Politics. He is the editor of Islam in the Political Process and co-editor of Muslim Travellers: Pilgrimage, Migration, and the Religious Imagination. Islam, Islamists, and The Electoral Principle appeared as the first in a series of papers for the International Institute for the Study of the Modern Muslim World in Leiden. In addition to works on modern Islam, he has written on the politics and international relations of the Gulf, co-editing for example Monarchies and Nations: Globalisation and Identity in the Arab States of the Gulf.
He serves on the editorial boards of various journals, including: the Journal of Islamic Studies; the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs; and Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. He is a member of the Academic Council of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, and of the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne. In November 2004 he delivered the Elie Kedourie Memorial Lecture of the British Academy on “Imagining Pan-Islam: Religious Activism and Political Utopias”, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Society of Scholars of the Johns Hopkins University.
James' current work is on the development of pan-Islamic thought and movements.
Professor Piscatori spoke at the US Democracy Promotion in the Middle East conference in October 2010. This conference was organized by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne.
Special thanks to Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies
Flavors of democracy: United States' ambitions in the Middle East
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