HISTORY FORUM: Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations ? (Santa Clara University, CA)


HISTORY FORUM: Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations ? (Santa Clara University, CA)
by Darius Kadivar

Raymond Ibrahim vs. Hamid Dabashi on the following theme "Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations ?". Nov 17th, 2008.

 "Islam and the West: Clash of Civilizations ?":

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What Does Al Qaeda Really Believe with Raymond Ibrahim:

Life and Times correspondent Val Zavala interviews Raymond Ibrahim about his new book The al-Qaeda Reader. He discusses how al-Qaeda's messages to the West are contradicted by al-Qaeda's messages to the Muslim world.

Hamid Dabashi & Flynt Leverett: "Iranians do not want to overthrow the Islamic Republic"

About the Authors/debators:

Raymond Ibrahim:

Raymond Ibrahim is an "American scholar of Arabic history and language. Ibrahim was born in 1973 in the United States to Egyptian Coptic immigrants. He is fluent in Arabic and English. Ibrahim studied at California State University, Fresno, where he wrote a Master's thesis under the renowned historian Victor Davis Hanson on an early military encounter between Islam and Byzantium based on medieval Arabic and Greek texts. Ibrahim also took graduate courses at Georgetown University's Center of Contemporary Arab Studies and is studying toward the PhD in medieval Islamic history at Catholic University.

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Hamid Dabashi:

Hamid Dabashi (Persian: حمید دباشی) is an Iranian-American intellectual historian, cultural critic and literary theorist who has studied Iran, world cinema and Shi'a Islam from a postcolonial perspective. He is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City, the oldest Chair in Iranian Studies.[1]

He is the author of nineteen books[2]. Among them are his Authority in Islam; Theology of Discontent; Truth and Narrative; Close Up: Iranian Cinema; Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran; an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema; and his one-volume analysis of Iranian history Iran: A People Interrupted

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