Michael Cook: "Muslim Sectarianism: Past and Present"

Lecture | April 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

The level of sectarian conflict has been much higher within Islam in recent decades than within Buddhism, Hinduism, or Christianity. How are we to explain this contrast? Does it arise from features of Muslim sectarianism inherited from pre-modern times? Alternatively, is it the result of modern historical contingencies? Or does it reflect some combination of the two?

Michael Cook is the Class of 1946 Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.