Lecture (5/9) – Burqas, 9/11 and the Islamic State – Islam is often associated with intolerance, inequality and terrorism. But does Islam really lead to violence and oppression? What is its real relationship to the conflicts in the Muslim world? In this lecture, dr. Pieter Nanninga (Middle Eastern Studies, University of Groningen) will address these questions by providing an introduction into Islam, ranging from Muhammad and the Quran to Muslims in the contemporary world. He will particularly discuss the relationship between Islam and violence, offering a nuanced perspective on the topic that has been central to public debates over the last decade.
Pieter Nanninga is an Assistant Professor at the Department of MiddleEastern Studies at the University of Groningen. Nanninga graduated in History and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen in 2007, after which he carried out his PhD research at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the same university. He obtained his PhD in June 2014 for his thesis Jihadism and Suicide Attacks: al-Qaeda, al-Sahab and the Meanings of Martyrdom. Since 2011, he is attached to the department of MiddleEastern Studies, where he teaches on Islam and politics in the modern MiddleEast and conducts research jihadism, and especially on jihadists’ use of violence and media.
Photo by Siese Veenstra
Poster design by Dayna Casey
Installation by Eva Sigurdadottir
Dr. Pieter Nanninga
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