Who Speaks for Islam?

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Each year, the Institute for Philosophy and Religion at Boston University presents a series of lectures based on a common theme. The 2001/2002 lecture series is entitled “Promise and Peril: The Paradox of Religion As Resource and Threat.” On last week’s show, we presented a lecture titled “Who Speaks For Islam? A Sampling of Reformist Thinking” that was delivered as part of this year’s series by Boston University professor of International Relations, Richard Norton.

In this lecture, professor Norton examines the role of the Muslim religion in the shaping of both the domestic and foreign politics of the modern Middle East countries, especially Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Libya, and how Islam has affected their attitudes toward the West.


Richard Norton, Boston University professor of International Relations.