The Myth of Civilizations? Understanding Islam in Global Perspective
13/02/2019 8:00pm

In 2018, Euro-America celebrated the centenary of the conclusion of the Great War, which they had to rename World War I because another one followed fast on its heels. Coincidentally, 2018 also marked the deaths of renowned Cold War historian Richard Pipes and the scholar who coined the phrase "clash of civilizations," Bernard Lewis. This lecture suggests that today's U.S.-led wars in Muslim-majority countries are, like World War II, residual effects of unfinished business in World War I.

Event Type



Tamara Sonn, Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of the History of Islam at Georgetown University

United Kingdom



Great Hall, Durham Castle, University College, Durham


Durham Castle Lecture Series