Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies
Compulsion in Religion

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Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies

April 11, 2018 | 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm | Middle East Program

About the Event

Compulsion in Religion

 

In his new book from Oxford University Press, Samuel Helfont investigates the roots of the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This book relies on access to the former regime’s internal archives and secret files to challenge many of the underlying assumptions of American plans to occupy and rebuild Iraq. When the American-led invasion destroyed the regime’s authoritarian structures in 2003, it unleashed the forces that these structures were designed to contain, creating an atmosphere infused with religion, but lacking the checks provided by the former regime. Groups such as the Sadrists, al-Qaida in Iraq, and eventually the Islamic State emerged out of that context to tear the country apart. 

 

Books will be for sale following the event or are available for purchase on Amazon.

 

Samuel Helfont is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, and holds a post-doctoral lectureship in the University of Pennsylvania’s interdisciplinary International Relations Program. In May 2015, he completed a PhD in Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Department, where he wrote his dissertation on Saddam Hussein’s instrumentalization of religion as well as its legacy beyond 2003. His research is based on newly-available Ba’th Party and Iraqi state records. 

 


Venue

National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19106


Registration

Free for Members of FPRI at the $100 level and Members of NLM; $10 for Non-Members.

Dinner immediately following exclusively for Bronze Partners of FPRI.

Register for this event.

For more information, contact Rachel Hemler at rhemler@fpri.org or at 215-732-3774 ext. 112


Speakers

Samuel Helfont

Samuel Helfont - Samuel Helfont is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, and an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College's program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.