Dinner and Lecture
George Mason University – Enterprise 318
5:30 pm – Pizza
6:00 pm – Talk with Q&A
8:00 pm – Social hour at Brion’s Grille (ADMISSION: FREE)
“Religious Obstacles to Democratization in the Middle East: Past and Present”
Timur Kuran is Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University. His research focuses on social change, including the evolution of preferences and institutions. He is an authority on the economic history and thought of the Middle East. His current projects include a multi-volume study of the role that Islam played in the economic rise of the Middle East and, subsequently, in the institutional stagnation that accompanied the region’s slip into a state of underdevelopment. Among his publications are Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (Harvard University Press); Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism (Princeton University Press); and The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East (Princeton University Press).
George Mason University Economics Society & The Future of Freedom Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 934-6101)
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