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The Politics of the Muslim World Topic of Lecture at Creighton

The Politics of the Muslim World Topic of Lecture at Creighton

Vali Nasr, one of the world’s leading experts on the Islamic World and Muslim politics will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, in room G-4 of Creighton University’s Hixson-Lied Science building.

The lecture, sponsored by the Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J Professorship in History, is free and open to the public.

Nasr is a professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He joined NPS in 1993 after teaching at the University of San Diego, University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University.

He is the author of many books including most recently “Democracy in Iran,” “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future,” and “The Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power.”

Nasr is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the Islamic world and Muslim politics. He has advised senior policy makers, members of Congress, and leading executives in the private sector. As a consultant to the Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), he has provided expert testimony to the United States Senate on the Muslim world, and is a major influence on ongoing public debates on such critical issues as Islam and democracy, Islamic extremism and anti-Americanism, America's relations with Iran, and the war in Iraq.

The Department of History received an endowment to establish a professorship in honor and recognition of Fr. Henry W. Casper, S.J., a long-time member of the history department. Fr. Casper was an expert in nineteenth century European History and in American church history; his most important work was a three-volume history of the Catholic Church in Nebraska. The Casper Professorship is funded by an endowment from Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Ryan of Omaha.