The lecture will address the question of Muslim political traditions: what they might have been in the past, to what extent they might be considered to be intrinsically Muslim rather than common to other political traditions in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and what they are not. The past two centuries have seen fundamental changes in Muslim lands, as elsewhere, and the lecture will address the question of what remained of the classical paradigms, and whether what is seen to have remained is at all active in the politics of Muslim lands, and in what way.
Prof. Al-Azmeh has taught extensively in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He obtained a D. Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. His publications in English include Islams and Modernities and Muslim Kingship. Since 2002, Prof. Al-Azmeh has been at the Central European University, Budapest, where he is CEU University Professor in the School of History and Interdisciplinary Historical Studies.
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