28 July 2015 @ 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sponsored by the Arab Studies Institute, Middle East Studies Program (GMU) & The Issam Faris Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs (AUB)
The meteoric expansion of the ISIS movement in Iraq, Syria and beyond during the past year has led to numerous, often conflicting interpretations of this phenomenon and its seeming success, as well as divergent perspectives on its prospects and future.
The workshop, “Understanding the ISIS Phenomenon”, jointly convened by the Arab Studies Institute and the Issam Faris Center of the American University of Beirut on 28 July 2015, sought to promote and provide a multi-dimensional, inter-disciplinary examination of its subject.
The purpose of this workshop was to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the Islamic State phenomenon, both in terms of the contextual factors that have produced it; its territorial, organizational, political, socio-economic, and religious-theological features; the extent of continuity and change with respect to other Islamist and particularly other radical Jihadi movements; and informed discussion on its further trajectory.
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