Arab Spring topic of Shipka Lecture

Tamara Sonn, the William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary, presents “Islam, Democracy and the Arab Spring” as part of the 2012-2013 Dr. Thomas and Albert Shipka Speaker Series.

The free lecture will be 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4,  in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.


Tamara Sonn will be presenting an informative session titled “Islam, Democracy and the Arab Spring” on Thursday, April 4.

Sonn is the author of numerous books, including Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi’s Islamic Intellectual History (winner of Choice Book of the Year award), Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam; Islam: A Brief History; and The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies.

Understanding the developments associated with the Arab Spring can be a daunting task. This presentation will place the revolutions in the Muslim Middle East in historic context, demonstrating that the current uprisings are only the latest wave in ongoing efforts for good governance over the past century. Based on recent research in Libya, Egypt, and Jordan, Sonn will provide insight into the interplay of Islamic political thought and the specific political and socioeconomic challenges that shape struggles for good governance in Muslim-majority countries.

There will be a reception in the Ohio Room immediately following the presentation. The lecture is free, open to the public and classes are welcome. For more information, call the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at 330-941-3448.