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Charles Kurzman, Ph.D.
Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, has been studying Islamic movements since the mid-1980s. His research shows that these movements are not the monolithic menace that they are sometimes thought to be. Rather, Islamic movements take a variety of forms, some of which are enthusiastic about democracy and human rights.
Kurzman is author of two books, The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran (2004) and Democracy Denied, 1905-1915 (2008). He is also the editor of two anthologies, Liberal Islam (1998) and Modernist Islam (2002), and has written articles on Islamic movements for both academic and popular audiences. His work has also been translated and published in Bosnia, Indonesia, Iran, and Turkey. "Islamic movements are too important in the world today to be left to the realm of stereotype and ignorance," he says. "The best way to avoid a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West is to recognize the large areas of common heritage, common values, and common aspirations." Professor Kurzman is currently serving as the Co-Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.
· The Challenge of Political Islam
· Liberal Islam: Not a Contradiction in Terms
· Democracy in the Islamic WorldTOP
· Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations