World Affairs Council of Charlotte


World Affairs Council of Charlotte

Voyagers Club (September 26, 2013)


Dr. Jonathan Berkey

James B. Duke Professor of International Studies & Chair of the History Department, Davidson College

Egypt and Syria: Perspectives for the Future


Dr. Jonathan Berkey

Recent developments in the Arab world have captured the world's attention.

Syria has been locked in a civil war with no end in sight and the recent use of chemical weapons may be forcing the hand of the international community. For Egypt, what appeared to be political progress after the instillation of a democratically elected government, turned into protests, bloodshed and clashes with the new government. Unfortunately, the future of the Middle East remains uncertain despite the transformational nature of the Arab Spring, which was thought to bring positive social change and progress to the region.

Join the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and Dr. Jonathan Berkey on September 26th to discuss the developing situations in Egypt and Syria and prospects for the Middle East.

Date:  Thursday, September 26, 2013

Venue: Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein (401 S. Tryon St., Suite 3000) - Directions

Network, Check-In & Dinner: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.   

Presentation and Q&A: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.   

Cost: $10 (Student members/Educator member) / $15 (WACC members) / $30 (non-members) - wine and light dinner served

Become a member of the WAC Charlotte to attend this program at the discounted member rate 



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World Affairs Council of Charlotte

UNC Charlotte - CHHS 227

9201 University City Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28223


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Jonathan Berkey (BA Williams; MA, PhD Princeton) is James B. Duke Professor of International Studies and Chair of the History Department at Davidson College.  His research interests focus on the social, cultural, and religious history of the medieval Islamic Near East.  His publications include The Transmission of Knowledge in Medieval Cairo: A Social History of Islamic Education (Princeton University Press, 1992), Popular Preaching and Religious Authority in the Medieval Islamic Near East (University of Washington Press, 2001), and The Formation of Islam: Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association of North America.  He is currently completing a narrative history of the Middle East since the rise of Islam, to be published by W. W. Norton & Co.  He has served as associate editor of the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Thomason-Gale) and the third edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam (E. J. Brill).  He has been awarded fellowships by Fulbright-IIE, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Research Center in Egypt.  In 1994-95 he was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and in 2000 served as Professeur Invité at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.  At Davidson he was appointed the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor for 1993-95, and the E. Craig Wall, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities for 2001-03.  Before coming to Davidson, he taught at Princeton University and Mount Holyoke College.  He is also a refugee from law school, currently in the thirtieth year of a two-year leave of absence from Harvard Law School.