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Zia H. Hashmi Lecture Series

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The Zia H. Hashmi Lecture Series in International Studies was developed by friends and former students of Dr. Zia Hashmi, in recognition of the contributions made by Dr. Hashmi as founder and first Director of the Georgia Southern University Center for International Studies. Dr. Hashmi retired from Georgia Southern University, in June 1998, after a 32 year career as a professor of Political Science. During 16 of those years, he was responsible for the Center, the development of two degree programs–the B.A. in International Studies and the B.S. in International Trade–and for several interdisciplinary minors and concentrations. Also, Dr. Hashmi was one of the founders of the Georgia Southern Model United Nations Program. He organized over 48 workshops and seminars for faculty and obtained more than $450,000 in grants for bringing a global perspective to the curriculum. Dr. Hashmi inspired and trained hundreds of students and his influence is felt both on the campus and throughout the region.

The goal of the endowment is to bring a noteworthy speaker, on international issues, to campus every year. Contributions to the endowment may be made online.

Current Presenters
“Islamic Constitutionalism and the Quest for Democracy”

Dr. Sohail Hashmi, 2014

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Sohail Hashmi is Professor of International Relations and Alumnae Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences at Mount Holyoke College, where he has taught since 1994.  From 2010-14, Hashmi served as chair of Mount Holyoke’s Department of International Relations, one of the first interdisciplinary programs in international studies in the United States. Hashmi’s research and teaching interests focus on comparative international ethics, particularly concepts of just war and peace, and on the study of religion in politics, particularly Islam in domestic and international politics. He has published on a range of topics in Islamic ethics and political theory, including sovereignty, humanitarian intervention, tolerance, civil society, and the theory of jihad. His most recent book is an edited volume titled Just Wars, Holy Wars, and Jihads: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Encounters and Exchanges, published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He is currently working on a book analyzing Muslim responses to the rise of international law. After graduating from Statesboro High School in 1980, Hashmi received a B.A. in political science from Harvard, an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton,  and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. His dissertation research on the Islamic ethics of war and peace was supported by an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Peace and Security, allowing him to visit eight countries over the course of four years. His more recent work has been supported by fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation.

Islam, Constitutionalism, and the Challenge of Democracy

Virtually all of the forty-four or so Muslim-majority states have embraced the idea that a constitution is an essential feature of modern governance. Nearly all have promulgated formal constitutions, and most began drafting a constitution as one of their first tasks immediately after independence. But the promulgation of constitutions has not led to the development of constitutionalism or the establishment of constitutional systems of government.  The history of constitutionalism in Muslim countries is rather bleak. None so far has managed to instill a tradition of constitutionalism, and many could be held up as examples of the abject failure of constitutional government. There are certainly some encouraging signs that perhaps constitutionalism is developing in states such as Indonesia and Turkey. Both nations are overwhelmingly Muslim but have long pursued officially secular politics. Constitutionalism has fared poorly in states that have officially and most visibly proclaimed themselves “Islamic,” including Afghanistan under the Taliban, Iran under the ayatollahs, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. The most recent blow to Muslim constitutionalism came in Egypt, where the military, supported by large numbers of Egyptians, ousted the government led by the Muslim Brotherhood. This record raises the question of the compatibility of Islamic politics and constitutionalism: Is there something about “Islamic states” that makes them averse to constitutionalism?

Looking back, the genesis of my interests in religion and ethics, Middle East politics, and Islamic political theory lies in my childhood in Statesboro. It was hard to escape these topics when you are the son of Zia Hashmi and the nephew of Shafik Hashmi. The discussion of politics was a constant in our family. But my interests were also very much fostered by Georgia Southern, especially the Model UN program started by Lane Van Tassell and my father, and by all my teachers at Marvin Pittman Laboratory School (once part of the Georgia Southern School of Education) and Statesboro High School. The chance to speak in the Zia Hashmi Lecture Series at Georgia Southern University on a topic I care so deeply about is in many ways my life coming full circle.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Nessmith-Lane Assembly Hall Rm. #1915

Previous Presenters
“The Arab Spring in North Africa:  A Comparison of Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria”

Professor Hawkins’ Zia Hashmi lecture will be about the Arab Spring in the Islamic Maghreb. Why did the succeed fairly easily in Tunisia, but it took a civil war in Libya to overthrow the dictator. Why no revolutions in Algeria and Morocco so far? These, and other associated issues will be addressed in the lecture.

Professor Simon Hawkins, 2012

simon hawkinsSimon Hawkins first came to North Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia in 1988. Since then his academic work in anthropology has tackled a range of topics, including: national identity, schooling and language learning, relations with Europe, gender and modernity, and state construction of religion. He is currently completing a multi-year ethnographic project with salesmen in Tunis’ old city, the medina, that is being featured in the upcoming fourth edition of Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle-East. In addition to this participant observation, he has used the tools of visual anthropology, historical, and linguistic analysis. Following the revolutions of the Arab Spring, he is examining the use of imagery by protestors to unite divided populations and actively oppose the corrupt government. Simon Hawkins received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2003. He also earned an MA in education from the George Washington University in 1992 and was a research associate for the National Center for Improving Science Education. He has taught at the University of Tunis, University of Chicago, Vassar College, Montana State University, Franklin and Marshall College, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he is an assistant professor of anthropology. In addition to his academic work, he is a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Clown College.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Nessmith-Lane Assembly Hall Rm. #1915

“Shades of Green: From Democratic to Militant Islamism in the Middle East”

Dr. Curt Ryan, 2008

curt ryanDr. Curtis R. Ryan is Associate Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Dr. Ryan specializes in international and Middle East politics, with particular interests in inter-Arab relations, Islam and politics, alliances, democratization, security, and international terrorism. He has previously taught for Mary Washington College, Old Dominion University, and the United States Naval War College. He holds a B.A. from Drew University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1992 and 1993 Dr. Ryan served as a Fulbright Scholar and guest researcher at the Institute for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan, in the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan. He was also twice named a Peace Scholar by the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. His book, Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah, was published in 2002 by Lynne Rienner Press. Dr. Ryan’s articles have been published in the Middle East Journal, Middle East Insight, Arab Studies Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Southeastern Political Review, Journal of Third World Studies, Middle East Policy, and Middle East Report. His current book project, Inter-Arab Alliances, will be published in late 2008.

Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Nessmith-Lane Assembly Hall

“New Slavery in the Global Economy “

Dr. Kevin Bales, 2006

kbalesDr. Kevin Bales is Visiting Professor of International Studies at the Croft Institute. He is Professor in Sociology at the University of Surrey Roehampton in London. Bales completed his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma followed by an M.A. in Sociology from Ole Miss. After moving to England, he earned an M.Sc. in Economic History and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics. His research and work centers on modern forms of slavery. Bales serves on the United Nations Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, is a Trustee of Anti-Slavery International, and serves as the Director of Free the Slaves, Inc., the U.S. offshoot of Anti-Slavery International. His 1999 book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy (U. of California Press) has won broad acclaim and been translated into several languages. More recent is his work on the liberation and rehabilitation of modern slaves.

“The Tragedy of War and the Search
for Meaning in International History”

Dr. Donald J. Puchala, 2004

PuchalaDr. Puchala earned a Ph.D. in the field of International Relations from Yale University in 1966. A A specialist in International Relations Theory, Western European International Relations, and the politics and economics of the European Union, he has taught at Yale University, Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and at Columbia University, where he also served as Associate Dean of the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and Director of the Institute on Western Europe. He is currently the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of International Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., where he served as Director of the Walker Institute for International Studies from 1982-2001. Dr. Puchala has been a consultant to the State Department and the Foreign Service Institute, the United States Department of Commerce, the United Nations, and various academic institutions and foundations. His many books include International Politics Today, The Ethics of Globalism, Immigration Into Western Societies, United Nations Politics, and Theory and History in International Relations.

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