Dr. Sargon Donabed: The Middle East, Minorities and the Islamic State: past, present and future

Date(s) - October 28, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Trinity Western University (Northwest Auditorium)

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Dr. Sargon G. Donabed – “The Middle East, Minorities and the Islamic State:  past, present and future”

Sargon Donabed is Assistant Professor of History at Roger Williams University and author of Reforging a Forgotten History:  Iraq and the Assyrians in the 20th Century.  He is an expert on minority communities in the Middle East.  A description of his lecture:  ” In the midst of the current humanitarian crisis and the equally devastating cultural obliteration in Iraq and Syria, little information of the historical continuum of the crisis has surfaced. Despite their integral part in the very fabric of the history and culture of the Middle East, especially in the Syrian Jezirah and northern Iraq, few are aware of these non-Muslim non-Arab communities in part to a variety of reasons. Why? What has been the place and treatment of ethno-cultural, religious, and linguistic minorities of the Middle East in the past that has led to the current state of affairs of the present, and angles a trajectory toward the future? What can and is being done to quell this devastation? Is there a place for pluralism in the current Middle East or under the Islamic State?” 

7:30 -9:30 pm, Northwest Auditorium, TWU

Sponsored in part by the Religion, Culture and Conflict Research Group

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