Facilitator – Ronald J. P. Lesko
Date and Time – Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10
Location – Howard Room, Blue Hill Public Library
A consideration of the intertwined human experiences of religion and politics in the Middle East and how these religions relate to Islamic political order. “The Clash of Civilizations” (Samuel Huntington) seems to be present in a renewed Twenty First century form. This includes the question of cooperation or conflict between Christianity and Islam. The origin of political and religious beliefs and different interpretations of Islam will be covered as well as the question as to whether or not Islam is a major cause of violence in the Middle East. Selected countries and current political situations will serve as case studies. Readings will include the Quran and other texts.
Ronald J.P. Lesko is a retired Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, State University of New York.