Roundtable Talk with Mark Juergensmeyer* on “The Global Rise of Takfiri”


On Thursday, February 9, Mar Juergensmeyer from UCSB gave a talk at the Dentistry Faculty of Ishik University. Professor Juergensmeyer’s talk addressed issues of the global rise of violent religious movements and the isolationist trends in world politics. In his talk Juergensmeyer stressed the paradoxical global nature of the anti-globalization trend and discussed its underlying reasons. The following interactive session featured a lively discussion with stimulating comments and questions by the participants. The event was attended by a diverse audience from academy, bureaucracy, media and politics.


Dr Idrees hadi Head of board Trustees and Prof. Dr. Ahmet Oztas President of Ishik University and Vice Presidents attended to this significant event. While the session was ending, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Oztas expressed his gratefulness for Juergensmeyer’s talk and presented to him a remindful gift of Ishik Univeristy.


*Juergensmeyer is a professor of sociology and global studies, affiliate professor of religious studies, and the Kundan Kaur Kapany professor of global and Sikh Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was the founding director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, and is a pioneer in the field of global studies, focusing on global religion, religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics. He has published more than three hundred articles and twenty books, including the revised and expanded fourth edition of Terror in the Mind of God (University of California Press, 2017).

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