Naveed Sheikh speaks on 'The Ambivalence of Political Islam'


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Posted on 14 December 2018

SPIRE lecturer, Naveed Sheikh, was invited to speak at the inaugural 
Middle East Conference at the University of Nicosia. Entitled 
'Unlearning Religious Divides, Deconstructing the Past and Reforming the 
Future in the Middle East,' the by-invitation-only conference was 
attended by high-ranking diplomats, civil servants and academics from 
across the Middle East and Eurasia. The conference was opened with 
remarks by the Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs and HRH Prince Hassan 
of Jordan. Naveed's presentation was the initial talk by a 
non-practitioner and was on 'The Ambivalence of Political Islam: Between 
Heresy and Heritage'. He spoke of ten myths surrounding the intellectual 
and political history of Political Islam and offered ten contentions as 
a rectification of these myths. During his stay in Cyprus, Naveed also 
crossed into the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, where he delivered 
a talk on counter-terrorism in the local branch of Middle East Technical 
University  (METU-NCC) under the title, 'The Error of the War on 
Terror'. In his talk, he outlined the balance sheet of 'wins' and 
losses' of the US-led War on Terror and outlined alternative, and more 
efficacious, approaches to counter-terrorism.


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