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Can Islam Coexist with Democracy?

February 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Professor Ali Abootalebi and Dr. Alexander Arifianto ‘99 will discuss the political, cultural, and socio-economic dynamism of political Islam in Muslim-majority countries. Presenters will draw on comparative experiences of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries to explain the complex web of variables central to understanding Islam and Islamism and the realization of political democracy and development. Iran and Indonesia are of primary focus in the webinar discussion. Dr. Arifianto will participate in the webinar from Singapore, and Dr. Abootalebi from Eau Claire, WI.

The webinar is sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People of Ripon College.


Dr. Ali Abootalebi is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and has done research on Islam and democracy in the Middle East and Iran’s political economy. He is also a member of the Speakers’ Program for the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Dr. Alexander Arifianto ’99 is a Research Fellow with the Indonesia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests are political Islam and contemporary Indonesian politics.

Host: Dr. Brian Smith, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Co-Director of the Center for Politics and the People

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February 9
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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