Alfred Stepan on Democracy and Religious Tolerance in Tunisia

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Alfred C. Stepan, founding director of Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, recently discussed democracy and religious tolerance in Tunisia for the Council on Foreign Relations, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative.  Amna Guellali, Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch, acted as moderator. Listen […]

Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism and engaging prophetically with history


Didier Sylvain, PhD student in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University, curated Tomorrow Is the Question for the IRCPL on February 13th of this year.  Recently, he interviewed Barnard’s Professor Kaiama L. Glover for Africa Is a Country (, to discuss her thoughts on the event. According to Glover: George Lewis provided a capacious set of introductory remarks, […]

Karen Barkey on women’s rights in Turkey, for BBC’s The Inquiry


IRCPL Director Karen Barkey was interviewed on the BBC’s The Inquiry this week, discussing the state of women’s rights in Turkey. The Inquiry asks: “Is Life Getting Worse for Women in Erdogan’s Turkey?” Turks are united in revulsion at the murder of a female university student. The powerful president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, says that violence against […]

IRCPL’s Arabic Translation Project book series now available as e-books

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The IRCPL and All Prints Publishers in Beirut have already published and have begun to distribute the first three print books in their Arabic Translation Project series.  We are pleased to announce that these books will now also be available as e-books, through The Arabic Tranlsation Project will translate and publish a dozen important English language books on democracy […]