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Please join us as distinguished foreign correspondent and Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace,Robin Wright, takes us inside the revolts raging against both autocrats and extremists across the Islamic world.The political and cultural transformations she vividly describes, the youthful awakening, the surprising counter-jihads, are tectonic... and only just beginning.
October 24, 2011
107 Clark Hall
This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Laguages & Cultures and the Center for International Studies at the University of Virginia.
About Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
Wright has reported on Islamic militancy for four decades. In this book, she tells the stunning personal stories behind the rejection of both autocrats and extremists in the Muslim world. Wright profiles young techies mobilizing political uprisings, clerics publicly repudiating Osama bin Laden, Muslim comedians ridiculing militancy, hip hop artists rapping against guns and bombs, playwrights and poets redefining jihad, feminists reinterpreting the Koran, and militants denouncing violence.
She describes the new phase of the Islamic activism as a counter-jihad. For some, it’s about reforming the faith. For others, it’s overhauling political systems. For all, it is about basic rights—on their own terms and not necessarily based on Western models. Muslims are now confronting extremism and rescuing their faith from a virulent minority, thereby taking charge of history and doing what the West cannot. (Source: "About Rock the Casbah," http://robinwright.net/aboutthebook.html)
Praise for Rock the Casbah
"Extremely prescient... Ms. Wright writes with authority, drawing on her decades of experience reporting for publications like the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker, and in these pages she uses her intimate knowledge of the region to look at how much-covered recent events are related, and to situate them within a larger historical and political context." MICHIKO KAKUTANI, New York Times [read full article]
"Rock the Casbah confirms Wright’s status as one of our best storytellers." JORDAN MICHAEL SMITH, Christian Science Monitor [read full article]
"Rivetingly written... Smashes a lot of preset opinions to pieces... Wright is one of the most knowledgeable journalists about the Islamic world." CARLO STRENGER, Haaretz [read full article]
"Formidably well-informed…richly textured…invaluable." WENDY SMITH, Los Angeles Times [read full article]
(Note: These reviews and more at "About Rock the Casbah," http://robinwright.net/index.html)
About Robin Wright
Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, Foreign Affairs and many others. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa and several years as a roving foreign correspondent worldwide. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. Until 2008, she covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post.
Wright has also been a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as Yale, Duke, Stanford, and the University of California.
Among several awards, Wright received the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award for reportage from Iran in The New Yorker, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected Wright as the journalist of the year for her “distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs.” She also won the National Press Club Award for diplomatic reporting and has been the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant.
She lectures extensively around the United States and has been a television commentator on morning and evening news programs on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and MSNBC as well as "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "This Week," “Nightline," “PBS Newshour,” "Frontline," “Charlie Rose,” "Washington Week in Review," “Hardball,” “Morning Joe,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” “Piers Morgan Tonight,” “The Colbert Report” and HBO’s “Real Time.”
Wright’s most recent book is “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic world.” Her other books include “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” (2008), which The New York Times and The Washington Post both selected as one of the most notable books of the year. She was the editor of “The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy” (2010). Her other books include “The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran” (2000), which was selected as one of the 25 most memorable books of the year 2000 by the New York Library Association, "Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam" (2001), "Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World" (1991), and "In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade" (1989). (Source: "About the Author," http://robinwright.net/author.html)
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