“Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment”  with Professor Ahmet T. Kuru

“Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment” with Professor Ahmet T. Kuru

Why do Muslim-majority countries have high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages? In the first of our D.Rad lectures, Professor Ahmet T. Kuru will talk about his new book “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison” (Cambridge University Press,2019). Kuru elaborates an argument about the ulema-state alliance as the cause of these problems in the Muslim world from the eleventh century to the present. Criticizing essentialist, post-colonialist, and new institutionalist alternative explanations, Kuru focuses on the relations between intellectual, economic, religious, and political classes in his own explanation.

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