In countries all over the world, the interplay of religion, identity, and politics has been a driving force in both modern-day policy making and the overall geopolitical order. While conventional wisdom posits that this interplay leads to the use of violence, the truth is that it might be the other way around. Join FPRI for the 24th Annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs, where British-Turkish Researcher Ziya Meral will discuss this unique relationship and how it shapes various conflicts around the world.
Dr. Ziya Meral is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London, a Senior Resident Fellow at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, and the Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs based in London and Beirut. He specializes in the politics and foreign policies of Turkey and the Middle East, thematic issues surrounding the interaction of religion with global affairs, and British defense and security. He is the author of How Violence Shapes Religion: Belief and Conflict in Africa and Middle East (2018) and is a frequent commentator in international and British media, including Al Jazeera, France 24, MSNBC, BBC, the Financial Times and the New York Times.
The Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs was established in 1996 with a gift from the late John M. Templeton, Jr., M.D., and has continued to be supported by the Templeton Family and the Psalm 103 Foundation ever since. For access to previous Templeton lectures, click here.