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Avital Livny, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UIUC, "The Success of Islamic Politics in Turkey: The Importance of Trust"

Event Type
European Union Center; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Program in Less Commonly Taught Languages
Oct 2, 2020   12:00 pm  
Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

In this virtual Brown Bag lecture, Avital Livny, Assistant Professor of Political Science, will speak about her new book, Trust and the Islamic Advantage: Religious-Based Movements in Turkey and the Muslim World, published in August with Cambridge University Press. Drawing on rich data sources and econometric methods, Dr. Livny challenges existing explanations - such as personal faith - for the success of these movements. Instead, Dr. Livny shows that the Islamic advantage is rooted in feelings of trust among individuals with a shared, religious group-identity. This group-based trust serves as an effective substitute for more generalized feelings of interpersonal trust, which are largely absent in many Muslim-plurality countries. The book presents a new argument for conceptualizing religion as both a personal belief system and collective identity.

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