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Book presentation: Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment

Prof. Ahmet T. Kuru presents online his new book "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment”. The book became the co-winner of the American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section Best Book Award.

  • Date: 18.05.2021
  • Place: zoom
  • Typology: online event

Why do Muslim-majority countries have high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages? Kuru elaborates an argument about the ulema-state alliance as the cause of these problems in the Muslim world from the eleventh century to the present.

Criticizing essentialist, post-colonialist, and new institutionalist alternative explanations, Kuru focuses on the relations between intellectual, economic, religious, and political classes in his own explanation.

Ahmet T. Kuru is Porteous Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.

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