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The Impact of Religion on Politics in the Middle East
Saeed Khan
Religion in politics is the most crucial issue facing Middle East countries. The region faces challenges for the application of modernity in terms of secularism, especially in a locale where democracy and individualism have had generally little latitude as a whole. This is due partly from its history, and where many use religion to justify their authoritarian political systems. Could technological advances have an impact and at what pace? This presentation will explore the always-changing landscape of the Middle East as a religion, politics and technology compete, clash and coexist. 

Saeed A. Khan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University. He teaches Islamic and Middle East history, politics and culture, and is a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Citizenship. He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, co-teaching a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity.