Posts Tagged 'Islam'

Dawoud, Bakkar dream of democracy in Egypt

Dawoud, Bakkar dream of democracy in Egypt

Egypt has known struggle in the last few years. Since the Egyptian Revolution was born on Jan. 25, 2011, the country with the largest Arab population has had four presidents, seen unprecedented violence, and continues to experience corruption, repression and poverty. Twenty-five percent of the population lives under the poverty line, and 40 percent is illiterate.

Turkish official Kalin explores Middle East-U.S. relations

Turkish official Kalin explores Middle East-U.S. relations

In a week dedicated to exploring whether or not Turkey is a model for the Middle East, Ibrahim Kalin will explain why he believes the country’s political and economic systems are ideal for continued prosperity in the region and for cultivating improved relations with other countries such as the United States.

Kalin is the chief adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the head of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party. The party, better known as the AKP, currently controls parliament and is the country’s largest political party. At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Kalin will be speaking about how Erdoğan and the AKP are working to improve relations between the Middle East and the West.

From the CLSC Vault: Visions of the Middle East in the early 20th century

From the CLSC Vault: Visions of the Middle East in the early 20th century

After reading this week’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection — The Stick Soldiers by Hugh Martin — the question arose as to when the Middle East first arrived under the eyes of Chautauqua readers. The first real attention paid to the Middle East was in the 1922–23 selection The New World of Islam by Lothrop Stoddard. The book was not a cultural study but rather a geopolitically framed exploration of a people lumped together by the majority religion: Islam.