Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Identity Politics and Secular Liberalism

Fri, September 9, 2005 | Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Professor Bilgrami has written extensively on issues of Muslim diversity and Islamic identity; on secularism, religious pluralism, and moral relativism; and on the "clash" within, rather than between, civilizations. A scholar with interests in the philosophy of language and mind as well as politcal and moral philosophy, he has published three books, Belief and Meaning, Self Knowledge and Resentment, and Politics and the Moral Psychology of Identity. He has degrees from Bombay University, Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Chicago. He has taught at Yale University, Oxford University, Australian National University, and University of Rome, as well as at Columbia University, and has held the President Radhakrishnan Chair in India.

Professor Bilgrami suggests that those interested in the Friday seminar might read his article "What is a Muslim? : Fundamental Commitment and Cultural Identity" in Critical Inquiry 1992 (available electonically through UTCat).

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