Professor of Political Science, Boston College; Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham; T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Professor of History, Boston College; Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
November 29, 2022
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Jonathan Laurence will discuss his book, Coping with Defeat (Princeton University Press, 2021), which argues that both Roman Catholicism and Sunni Islam suffered major defeats at the hands of the modern state in the 19th and 20th centuries. Roman Catholicism lost its temporal power to the secular state; while Sunni Islam suffered the loss of the Caliphate due to the power of European empires. Catholicism retained and regained influence by accepting its loss and focusing on its religious mission; Sunni Islam has yet to make such a turn and suffers as a consequence.
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