Islam and Politics in Contemporary Iraq: Sectarianism or Democracy?
Public Lecture by Eric Davis, part of a colloquium held under the auspices of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.
Published: Thursday, May 31, 2007
Eric Davis is a Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. His research has involved the relationship between state power and historical memory in modern Iraq, the political economy of Egyptian industrialization as a case study of dependency theory, the impact of oil wealth on the state and culture in Arab oil-producing countries, the ideology and social bases of Islamic radical movements, and the comparison of Islamic and Jewish radical movements. His books include Memories of State: Politics, History and Collective Identity in Modern Iraq and Statecraft in the Middle East: Oil, Historical Memory and Popular Culture, with Nicolas Gavrielides. He is currently working on a two volume study of American Orientalism: Mapping America's Orient: The Middle East in American Political and Popular Culture, 1750-1914, 1914-2003.