Upcoming Events


AVACGIS Faculty Talk - Dr. Ahsan Butt (Political Science)

Law & Order: Rebels as Judges in South Asia?

Monday, April 22, 2019 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Enterprise Hall, 318 (conference room)

This talk will be a discussion of, how and why, non-state actors provide dispute resolution in conflict environments in South Asia. Ahsan Butt, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His main research interests focus on nationalism and political violence in South Asia. His book, "Secession and Security: Explaining State Strategy Against Separatists," was published by Cornell University Press in 2017. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as International Organization, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Strategic Studies, Politics and Religion and Security Studies. Professor Butt has received generous support from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Mellon Foundation, the Stanton Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Dr. Butt is a non-resident fellow at the Stimson Center.

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AVACGIS Visiting Scholar Presentation by Ms. Betul Yurtalan (Hitit University, Corum, Turkey)

Anti-Fatimid Policy During the Reign of Abbasid Caliph al Qadir (991-1031): A Case Study of Sunni-Ismaili Relations During the Medieval Islamic Period

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Johnson Center, 239a

Ms. Yurtalan will present her research on Sunni-Ismaili relations during the reign of the Abbasid Caliph, al-Qadir (991-1031). Betul is a Research Assistant at Hitit University in the Faculty of Divinity Department and is currently working on her doctorate at Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey. Her dissertation looks at Fatimid Abbasid relations and its effects on Sunni Islamic thought. Ms. Yurtalan focuses her research on the cultural, religious and sectarian relations between the Fatimid and Abbasid States as an important development in Islamic thought. She is especially interested in examining the various Islamic sects during the fourth and fifth centuries of the Islamic period. Ms. Yurtalan has been in residence as Visiting Scholar at the University of Jordan's Faculty of Theology and was selected for Erasmus scholarships/internships in Germany and the United Kingdom.

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