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#9 - Dr. Ahmet Kuru
Ahmet T. Kuru (PhD, University of Washington) is a Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. His recent book, "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison" (2019) aims to offer a fresh perspective as to why Muslim-majority countries exhibit high levels of authoritarianism and low levels of socio-economic development in comparison to world averages. Colonialism? Religion? War? Most answers to this question have tended to see things from these lens; while Dr. Kuru pins it on what he calls an "ulema-state alliance". The discussion centers on these main ideas from his book. This was a prerecorded episode.
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