Dr. Paul Rowe: Ataturk in my Pocket – a journey in religion and politics

Date(s) - April 14, 2016
1:10 pm - 2:50 pm

Trinity Western University (Reimer Centre)

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Paul Rowe, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies. Inaugural Lecture,Ataturk in my Pocket:  a journey in religion and politics” 

Growing up in a devoutly Christian home, it came naturally for me to see public life through the prism of religious faith.  How unnatural it would be to try to separate the most important part of one’s life from one’s political ideas!  But this is exactly what the modernizers of the past century tried to do:  secularize public life to ensure that religious differences wouldn’t put us at each other’s throats.  It was a laudable goal, but it has also created a blind spot where faith used to be.  In the past two decades, politics and political science has rediscovered religion with a vengeance – sometimes literally.  In this lecture, we will explore some of the ways in which religion has returned to politics and by which religion can have a constructive role to play in the political sphere of even the most divided societies. 

Biography: Paul Rowe, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies

Paul Rowe has been a member the faculty at TWU since 2005, teaching in the fields of international relations and developing world politics.  Prior to coming to TWU, Dr. Rowe taught part-time at the University of Western Ontario and Queen’s University.  A native of London, Ontario, Dr. Rowe completed his BA in International Relations and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto in 1995.  For a time he lived and worked in the Middle East prior to completing his MA in Political Science at Dalhousie University in 1997 and his PhD in Political Science at McGill University in 2003.  Dr. Rowe’s research interests are in the intersection of religion and global politics, with regional specialties in the Middle East and South Asia.  He is the author of Religion and Global Politics (Oxford University Press Canada, 2012), and co-edited Whose Will be Done?  Essays in Sovereignty and Religion (Lexington Books, 2015), Christians and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge UK, 2014), and Politics and the Religious Imagination (Routledge UK, 2010).  He is currently editing The Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East.

1:10 – 2:50 (lecture and reception), Alumni Hall, Reimer Student Centre, Second Floor, TWU
All are welcome, please RSVP: Shelby Muhic ([email protected]) by April 11, 2016.         


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