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Where Does the Political End and the Theological Begin? An Examination of the Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Where Does the Political End and the Theological Begin? An Examination of the Political Theology of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
170 St. George St. Room 100
Time: Mar 27th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 27th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Islamic Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), African, 2000-
Lecture by Sarah Eltantawi, Comparative Religion, Evergreen State College (WA)

The Institute of Islamic Studies and the UTSC Department of Sociology are pleased to present:

Sarah Eltantawi, Comparative Religion, Evergreen State College (WA)

Where does the Political End and the Theological Begin? An Examination of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

The June, 2013 removal of President Muhammad Morsi from power in Egypt has prompted numerous questions about the Muslim Brotherhood’s history and speculations about its future. The topic of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘political theology’, however, is complex and largely understudied. Where does the “theological” of the Muslim Brotherhood end and the “political” begin?  Analyzing the Muslim Brotherhood’s history shows how far Islamic orthodoxy can stretch. This analysis also provides an opportunity to examine how mass public support for a particular political-religious configuration is integral in driving novel reinterpretations of religious traditions, in this case of “the Islamic.”

Sarah Eltantawi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Forum Transregionale at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  She holds a PhD in the Study of Religion (Islamic Studies) and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Eltantawi has held fellowships at the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies (2011-2012), Brandeis University (2013), and the University of California, Berkeley (2013).

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the UTSC Department of Sociology at (416) 698-9386

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