A Sociological Analysis
A talk by:
Prof. Riaz Hassan
Friday, March 31, 2006,
3:30 –5:30 p.m.
Sociology Lounge (Room 6112)
The Graduate Center, CUNY
(365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th-35th St.)
View event flyer for more details:
Suicide terrorism is increasing to become a global phenomenon. Since terrorists
professing religious motives carried out the 9/11 attacks, most of the
commentators in the United States and other Western countries have attributed
this phenomenon to Islamic fundamentalism. Other causes used to explain
suicide terrorism include poverty, lack of education and psychopathology. Prof.
Hassan will examine these assertions and show that the main cause of suicide
terrorism is political, not religious. The talk will explore social, personal and
strategic aspects of suicide terrorism and analyze the role of the war in Iraq in its
most recent escalation.
Riaz Hassan is Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the Flinders
University, Adelaide, Australia and currently Visiting Professor in the
Department of Sociology, Yale University. He has recently completed a study of
religiosity in Muslim countries and is now researching suicide terrorism. His
recent books include: Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society
(Oxford University Press 2003), Local and Global: Social Transformation in
Southeast Asia (Brill 2005). He is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of
Social Sciences in Australia (Cambridge University Press 2003). His latest book
Inside Muslim Minds: Understanding Contemporary Islamic Consciousness
will be published later this year by Brill. He is a fellow of the Academy of the
Social Sciences in Australia.
Reception to follow!
NOTE : This event, unlike most MEMEAC events, is an afternoon event. Event begins at 3:30pm.