Featuring Jose Casanova, professor of sociology at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Tariq Modood, professor of sociology at the University of Bristol and Director of the University’s Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship; and Aristide Zolberg, Walter P. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at The New School University.
Chase Robinson, Provost of the Graduate Center, moderates a discussion including questions such as: What impact do Muslim immigrants and Islamic practices have on the societies they join? What unique challenges do Muslim immigrants face? In both America and Europe, which have welcomed greater numbers of Muslim immigrants than ever before, how is the Enlightenment ideal of tolerance balanced against the realities of vast cultural and religious differences? How do Western nations promote self-perceived openness in the face of anti-Muslim sentiment in their countries?
José Casanova is a prominent scholar in the sociology of religion. He is a Professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular.
He has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. His best-known work, Public Religions in the Modern World (1994), has become a modern classic in the field and been translated into five languages, including Arabic and Indonesian.
Tariq Modood is professor of sociology at the University of Bristol, his research interests include racism, racial equality, multiculturalism and secularism. He is the founding director of the Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol, and the Bristol director of the Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship with UCL. He is also a co-founder of the scientific journal Ethnicities.
Modood was awarded an MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in the 2001 New Year Honours list and elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004. He has written several articles in The Guardian.
Chase Robinson is Provost of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
He is the author of The Formation of Islam, Sixth to Eleventh Century (vol. 1 of the 6-volume New Cambridge History of Islam, 2009), The Legacy of the Prophet: The Middle East and Islam, 600-1300 (Cambridge, 2009), Abd al-Malik (Oxford, 2005), Islamic Historiography (Cambridge, 2003), A Medieval Islamic City Reconsidered: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Samarra (Oxford, 2001), and Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The Transformation of Northern Mesopotamia (Cambridge, 2000).
Aristide Zolberg is Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Faculty of New School University in New York City and director of its International Center for Migration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship.
He has served twice as chair of the Department of Political Science and is a member of the Committee on Historical Studies as well as chair of the NSU component of the New York City Consortium on European Studies. He held the University-in-Exile Chair from its founding in 1984 to 2002.
Are Catholicism and Islam both equally compatible with democracy? Sociology professor Jose Casanova thinks so. He says the arguments made against Islam's compatibly with democracy are almost identical to those made against Catholicism in the 19th Century.