"Either We Depend on God or on Power": The Case of the Arab Spring

A discussion about the events in Arab countries and the role of religion in the fight for freedom with Wael FAROUQ, Professor of the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo, Melissa MARSCHALL, Albert Thomas Associate Professor at Rice University and Richard SINDELAR (ret. FSO) Professor of American foreign policy and foreign affairs at the University of St. Thomas

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center in collaboration with the University of St. Thomas Office of Academic Affairs, Center of Faith and Culture, and Center for International Studies

The cry for freedom, more freedom, seems to be the catalyst of the struggles and conflicts taking place in the Arab countries. Entire populations were ready to risk their lives in the name of it. What is the origin of this desire and thirst – to the point that it is preferred over life itself? How does religion influence freedom? Does religion limit or restrict personal and social freedom? Does religion tame freedom? Is religion an ally or enemy of power? Recent events in the Arab countries prompt these important questions of freedom and faith.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

About this Event

Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: University of St. Thomas, Jones Hall
3910 Yoakum Dr.
Houston, Texas 77006

About the Speakers

Wael Farouq
Professor of the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo
Melissa Marschall
Albert Thomas Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Rice University
Richard Sindelar (ret. FSO)
Professor of American Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs, Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas


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