Revolutions without reason talk set for Camden library
Camden — Join Dr. Anouar Majid for a talk entitled, Revolutions Without Reason: How Religion Undermines Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. The event takes place on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Camden Public Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to all.
In this talk, Professor Anouar Majid assesses the outcome of the Arab Spring and predicts a long, frustrating future for the peoples of the Arab world. The region, he argues, is hampered by the lack of innovation in the various fields of economic and social development and an excessive attachment to religion — a combination that will hinder most Arabs and Muslims from carving out a place of their own in the community of developed nations.
Majid is associate provost for Global Initiatives and director of the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of New England. He is the author of five critically-acclaimed books on Muslim-Western relations, the latest of which came out early in 2012 and is titled "Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice." He is also a novelist, the author of Si Yussef, edits the online magazine TingisRedux and maintains the blog Tingitana.
Co-sponsored by the Camden Public Library, this presentation is offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 26th Annual Camden Conference: The Middle East: What Next?, Feb. 22-24, 2013, live from the Camden Opera House and streamed to satellite venues: Hutchinson Center in Belfast, The Strand Theatre in Rockland, and The Grand in Ellsworth.
For more information visit camdenconference.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 236-1034.