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USF Citizenship Initiative Invites Charles Kurzman to USF
January 30, 2013

Charles Kurzman will be a featured speaker Monday, February 11 as part of the Citizenship Initiative Speaker Series. Dr. Kurzman is a professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. He will be speaking on: Why There are So Few Muslim Terrorists.

The talk will begin at 2 p.m., Monday, February 11 in the Grace Allen Room of the USF Library. 

Kurzman who has written widely about Islamic reform movements ask: “If terrorist methods are as widely available as automobiles, why are there so few Islamist terrorists?” His research finds that Islamic terrorism has not posed as large a threat as reporters and the public think. 

Kurzman’s research focus is in the Middle East and Islamic studies. His books include (among others) The Missing Martyrs (Oxford University Press, 2011), Democracy Denied, 1905-1915 (Harvard University Press, 2008), and The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran (Harvard University Press, 2004). 

The talk is co-sponsored by the USF Department of Sociology. For more information, contact Samantha Haylock: shaylock@usf.edu.