Fear of religious militancy fuels governments' policies, says U of C prof

September 7, 2011

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Students read the Koran in Medan, Indonesia, one of many countries in which faith factors strongly in public policy.

During the Cold War, most conflicts around the world were about which economic model to choose. Today, most conflicts seem to pivot on a very different force: religion.

We dissect the phenomenon with Michael Sells, a professor of Islamic history and literature in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and author of the forthcoming book The God of War: America in a World of Religion.

Michael Sells will speak tonight as part of the free WBEZ-sponsoered event “Religion and Ideology in the Attacks on New York, Mumbai, and Oslo." It takes place at 7 pm at the Fourth Presbyterian Church at 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago.