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Oct 31

The Age of Competing Islamisms

Presented by the FAU/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

October 31, 2019

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THE AGE OF COMPETING ISLAMISMS: A FIGHT OVER THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Mehmet Gurses

While much has been said about the centuries-old rivalry between Shiite and Sunni Islam, the emerging balance of power in the Middle East points to an epoch characterized by a noteworthy split within the Sunni Middle East. This split has pitted different types of Islamism against one another. On the one hand, we have a resurgent Turkey attempting to claim its “Islamic” past and aligning with certain Muslim groups and states. This “prochange” Islamist camp consists of Turkey, Qatar, and several non-state actors, notably the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. One another hand, an alliance led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt strives to preserve the status quo in the region. While these two forms of Islamism compete for power and influence, they also have to account for the Iran-led Shite bloc with different goals and ideology. The Middle East is increasingly turning into an arena in which these three types of Islamism compete for the future of Islam and region. In this onetime lecture, Dr. Mehmet Gurses tackles this new and potentially much more dangerous division in the Middle East. How does this change impact our allies in the region? Do these changes necessitate finding new allies in the Middle East? How will these monumental changes affect America’s key ally, Israel, in the region?

Mehmet Gurses, PhD is a professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and comparative politics and international relations editor of the journal Politics and Religion (Cambridge University Press). He has published extensively in journals and is the author of Anatomy of a Civil War: Sociopolitical Impacts of the Kurdish Conflict in Turkey (University of Michigan Press, 2018) and co-editor of Conflict, Democratization and the Kurds in the Middle East: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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