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Tamara Sonn Named 2021 Virtual Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence

Tamara SonnThe Reves Center for International Studies and the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School have announced that Tamara Sonn, Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam and Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, is the 2021 Virtual Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence. 

Sonn will deliver two virtual lectures at the university, both of which are free and open to the public:              

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 4:00pm – 5:15pm
    "Revolution and Counter-Revolution: How Political Islam Became the Enemy"
    Presented by the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary Law School
     Info & registration
  • Friday, March 12, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    "Arab Spring Ten Years After: The Continuing Quest for Democracy in the Middle East"
    Presented by the Reves Center for International Studies
    Info & Registration

Sonn's most recent books include Islam and Democracy After the Arab Spring (with John L. Esposito and John O. Voll; Oxford, 2016), Islam: History, Religion, and Politics (Wiley Blackwell, 2016), and Is Islam an Enemy of the West? (Polity, 2016). She has published over 100 chapters and articles, and her works have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Russian. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, and the U.S. Department of State, among others.  She is Founding Editor-In-Chief of Oxford Bibliographies Online--Islamic Studies and of Wiley-Blackwell's online journal of Religious Studies Religion Compass. She is Senior Editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and of Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, as well as Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.

The Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence was established with a generous gift from Carole A. and Richard C. Kraemer ’65. It is offered yearly, and provides the opportunity for a scholar specializing in Islamic law and governance to spend a short period of time at William & Mary sharing his or her expertise with the university community. It is open to all geographical areas and sub-disciplines, provided the scholar’s background, interest and topical focus are on or clearly related to Islamic law and governance.

The Reves Center's Global Engagement Team works closely with the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at William & Mary School of Law to identify potential scholars and promote this initiative.