In light of the recent White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, does Islam promote violence? What is the notion of “The Other?" Ghassemi will discuss common theories on modern indigenous anti-colonialism movements and the rise of transnational Islamic organizations and their founders.
About the Workshop: The Islam in the West Graduate Student Workshop provides a forum for graduate students working on topics related to Islam and Muslim communities in North America and Europe, with a particular focus on Muslim political participation and civic engagement. The monthly workshop encourages graduate students and professors to work together.
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Ghassemi grew up during war and revolution in Iran, served for the mandatory military service in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard and worked for a year and half in the Persian Gulf before studying at Albert Saint George Medical School in Hungary. He has lived in the Netherlands and the US where he received his B.A. in political science from Florida Atlantic University and completed extensive coursework in International Relations at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education.