ISIS and Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Date: 
September 24, 2014 - 18:00 - 19:30
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
Auditorium
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
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ISIS and Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Over the first half of 2014, ISIS, later dubbed the Islamic State, carved out a continuous area the size of Britain from Iraq and Syria. The group intends to establish an Islamic Caliphate. ISIS’ military and social success not only further destabilizes the already fragile Iraqi state and civil-war torn Syria, but it also threatens the continued existence of numerous ethno-religious groups in the region. Kurdish-speaking Yezidis, Aramaic-speaking Christians, multi-lingual Shabaks and Shiia Turkomans are among the primary targets of ISIS, raising fears that entire historical communities may disappear from what used to be the “cradle of civilizations.”

 

Participants: Emel Akçali (IRES), István Perczel (MedStud), Prem Kumar Rajaram (Sociology), Eszter Spät (MedStud)