Global Tipping Points: Insecure World lecture series examines areas of conflict

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New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant to the World Affairs Council for the third and final event in a series conducted in partnership with the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

The series concludes on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. when Geneive Abdo will present A House Divided: Islam in Today’s Middle East. She will explore how an ancient religious schism is fueling modern conflict between Sunni and Shia powers, fracturing the region.

Abdo is a fellow at the Atlantic Council and a fellow in the Middle East program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on modern Iran and political Islam. She also co-chairs a program on Iran in conjunction with the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America. She was formerly the liaison officer for the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative established by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan that aims to improve relations between Islamic and Western societies.

Abdo was a speaker in New Hampshire Humanities’ 2007 statewide project, Shifting Ground: Religion and Civic Life in America

She is the author of several books, including No God but God: Egypt and the Triumph of IslamAnswering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First Century Iran, Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America After 9/11, and The New Sectarianism.

These events are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. 




This event will be held at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, 88 Commercial street, on the second floor in room 201. Parking is available on Commercial Street and in the lots surrounding 88 Commercial Street after 5:00 p.m. Call 603- 314-7970 for more information or for special accommodations.