Culture, Creativity and Non-Violence
Tuesday, May 1st | 6:30-8pm
Venue: University of East London Docklands Campus, Presentation Suite KD 222 (20 minutes from Bank station)
RSVP: The event is free and open to the public (Facebook sign up)
Speaker: Charles Tripp, professor of middle east politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Professor Tripp's main areas of research include the study of state and society in the Middle East, especially Iraq, and Islamic political thought. Among his books are A History of Iraq (Cambridge University Press, new edition, 2007), Islam and the Moral Economy: the Challenge of Capitalism Cambridge University Press, 2006), and the forthcoming, 'The Power and the People: paths of resistance in the Middle East' (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
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