The Cameron University School of Liberal Arts will present “ISIS Theatre of Cruelty: Roots and Ramifications” by Dr. Mahmoud Sadri on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom. The presentation is made possible by the Phillip L. Jones Endowed Lectureship in Ethics and is open to the public at no charge.
“Understanding the sociological roots of ISIS and its relation to other groups in the region is an essential step if we are going to make progress in rising to the many ethical and political challenges that surround the current situation,” says Dr. Von Underwood, Dean, School of Liberal Arts. “There is danger, for example, that an interfaith dialogue of crucial importance as we move further into the century may be set back or destroyed if we are not informed and careful in the ways all of us respond.”
Sadri will discuss the development of ISIS and the complex sociological issues surrounding it. Sadri grew up in Iran, studied and earned his graduate degree in the U.S., and has lived and taught the Sociology of the Middle East and the Sociology of Terrorism in the Southwest for many years. He will provide a unique informed perspective on his topic.
A professor of sociology at Texas Woman’s University and the Federation of North Texas Area Universities, Sadri received a bachelor of arts and a master of arts from the University of Tehran and a Ph.D. from the New School University in New York City in 1988. His major areas of expertise include Comparative Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Culture, and Theoretical Sociology. His area interests are Middle Eastern and Iranian studies and Islamic Reformation. He has published more than 50 book chapters, articles, and review articles, including “Migration, Globalization, and Ethnic Relations” with Mohsen Mobasher; and “Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam: The Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush” with Ahmad Sadri. In addition to his English-language publications, Sadri frequently speaks in public forums, writes for Iranian reform newspapers and journals, and is interviewed by international news organizations such as NPR, BBC, Radio France, Voice of America, and Radio Australia concerning developments in Iran, Islam and the Middle East.
October 6, 2015