University of San Diego Presents “The Future of Political Islam” Discussion

SAN DIEGO, CA: The University of San Diego College of Arts and Sciences presents “The Future of Political Islam” - an installment of the Illume Speaker Series - with Avi Spiegel, PhD, JD, of USD’s Department of Political Science and International Relations.

Dr. Spiegel, an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, specializes in Middle Eastern and North African politics and will talk to the USD community about his new book, Young Islam: The New Politics of Religion in Morocco and the Arab World.

In December, Dr. Spiegel’s book received an Abu Aardvark 2015 Middle East Book award. “A wonderfully written ethnographic analysis of the competing stands of Islamist organization and mobilization in Morocco,” said Marc Lynch, creator of the award. “Spiegel shows brilliantly how Islamist ideas play out in the social and political lives of Moroccan youth and the striking variation in the approaches of different types of Islamist organizations.”

On March 18th, Dr. Spiegel was also awarded the Religion and International Relations Book Award from the International Studies Association for his new book. As a co-recipient of the annual award, Dr. Spiegel was recognized for the originality of his work and the book’s significance in regards to current events.

On Monday, April 4th, as part of the USD Illume Speaker Series, Dr. Spiegel will discuss his new book, focusing on the rivalries found within the next generation of political Islam. Today, two-thirds of all Arab Muslims are under the age of 30. Dr. Spiegel looks inside the evolving competition for their support — a competition not simply between Islamism and the secular world, but between different and often conflicting visions of Islam itself. More information about the event can be found here.


Who: Dr. Avi Spiegel, Assistant Professor, USD Political Science and International Relations
What: Illume Speaker Series Event, “The Future of Political Islam”
When: Monday, April 4th at 6 p.m.
Where: Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Cost: Free admission, reception to follow event

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