Mon, February 10, 2020

Islam and the West

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will present Professor of Islamic History Dr. John O. Voll to explore the nature of relationships throughout history between Islam and the West. Dr. Voll is Professor Emeritus of Islamic History, and past Associate Director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The lecture is scheduled for Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle PA 17013.

In contrast with the well-known story of Muslim-Christian military struggle, less well-known is the long history of Muslim-Christian alliances and cooperation, even in times of conflict. Dr. Voll will address the risk of misunderstanding broad generalizations when studying the history of clashes between Islam and the West. He will focus his presentation on alliances and conflicts in the modern era, to include the history of the Anglo-Egyptian relationship and the enemy-ally transitions of the Sanusiyyah and the Anglo-American powers of World War II and the Cold War.

This moderated lecture with discussion is the third in the "Controversies in Military History Lecture Series." This series provides an educational forum for our audience to examine provocative topics in the interest of academic growth and promoting communication. This series is designed to serve as an important step in evaluating differing perspectives, while encouraging open, professional dialogue on potentially opposing opinions. Lectures and topics do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the USAHEC, the U.S. Army War College, or the U.S. Army.