Striking from the Margins: Religion, State, and Disintegration in the Middle East, a research project founded by Central European University’s Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Visiting Professor Aziz Al-Azmeh, seeks a nuanced and dynamic understanding of the transformations of religion in relation of state and social structures in Syria and Iraq over the past three decades. The project aims to build conceptual and analytical vocabularies and lends keen attention to social dynamics, political economy, conjunctural developments and the global setting of comparable developments elsewhere.
In this video, three post-doctoral researchers give insight into their research. Professor Al-Azmeh and the director of the research project Nadia Al-Bagdadi, professor in the Department of History at CEU, explain the very essence of the research project's innovative approach to explaining social, religious and state structural changes in the Middle East.
The research project, hosted by the Center for Religious Studies at Central European University, is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and works closely with its partner institutions in New York, Paris, London and in the Middle East.