Category Archives: Podcasts

Covering Egypt: Media and Politics in the Post-Mubarak Period

This one-day conference, organized by IRCPL Distinguished Visiting Scholar Emad Shahin and IRCPL Director Karen Barkey, presents a critical overview and analysis of the role played by both Egyptian and Western media in Egypt’s post-January 2011 political transition. Particular attention is paid to the lead-up to Egypt’s July 3, 2013 military coup and the post-coup period. Presentations address the current state of free expression in Egypt, and evaluate media professionalism in Egypt’s news media. Experts discuss how Egypt’s press system may need to be restructured in order to facilitate a democratic turn.

More details, including conference schedule, detailed bios of presenters, and more, is available here.

Covering Egypt is sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and co-sponsored by the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

Video of all three panels is available here on youtube.  Audio is available for download below:

Audio of panel 1, “The Role of the Media in Egypt’s Military Coup,” will be available soon.

Listen to panel 2, “The Media, Human Rights, and Free Speech in Egypt,” here:

Listen to panel 3, “Western Media, International Politics, and Egypt’s Military Coup,” here:

Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism: How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism:  How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies?
Cases from the Middle East

This recording is separated into two parts: the morning session, with opening remarks by Karen Barkey, IRCPL Director and professor of Sociology and History at Columbia University, and Giancarlo Bosetti, co-founder of Reset-DoC, and a keynote address by Asli Bali, UCLA; and the afternoon session, with keynote address by Abdullahi An-Na’im, Emory and closing remarks by Michael Walzer, Princeton.

For a full list of participants, see the event post at


Morning session:


Afternoon session:


Monica Marks on “From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia”

Friday, October 18, 2013
Monica L. Marks on: “From Prison to Palace: Islamism and Inclusion in Tunisia”

Below, hear Monica L. Marks speaking at Columnbia, with discussant Alfred Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, and comments by Karen Barkey, Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and Professor of Sociology and History.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Democracy, Toleration, and Religion; the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; and the Middle East Institute.  More information is available here.


David Campbell on Religion & American Politics

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
David Campbell on “The Politics of Irreligion: The Political Causes of America’s Growing Secularism”

Below, listen to David Campbell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, as he speaks on irreligion for the Religion and Politics in American Public Life lecture series, on October 17th, 2013.  Full details about his talk are available here.

The Religion and Politics in American Public Life lecture series is coordinated by Professors Karen Barkey (CU Sociology), Jean Cohen (CU Political Science), and John Torpey (CUNY GC Sociology).  Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, The Department of Political Science at Columbia University, and the PhD Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.



Soli Ozel on: Gezi Park Protests: The Religious Dimension

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Soli Özel on: “Gezi Park Protests: The Religious Dimension”

Below, hear Professor Özel’s talk on religion and the recent Gezi Park protests in Turkey.  

Soli Özel  is professor of International Relations and Political Science at Kadir Has University, Istanbul.  He has taught at U.C. Santa Cruz, SAIS, University of Washington, Hebrew University, and Bogazici University in Istanbul.  Currently, he is a columnist for Haberturk newspaper, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post’s “Post Global,” and the former editor of the Turkish edition of Foreign Policy.

More information about this talk is available here.



Abdou Filali-Ansary on Democratisation in Muslim Contexts

Listen to a public talk by Abdou Filali-Ansary, Research Professor at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) in London, UK.

Martin Seymour Lipset stressed, more than fifty years ago, that ‘prerequisites’ for democracy include economic development and political legitimacy. Since the beginning of the so called Arab Spring, aspects of political legitimacy dominate discussions, while economic development seems to have been put on the back burner, if not forgotten altogether. In this talk, Dr. Filali-Ansary will revisit the way in which issues of legitimacy are linked to discussions of religious and cultural traditions. He will explore how this leads us to raise fresh questions about the on-going transitions in Muslim contexts and the prospects of democratisation in the Third World, more generally.

Points of Departure: On Religions and Social Transformations- A Lecture by John Torpey

Below, listen to a public lecture by John Torpey, given at Columbia University on April 11, 2013.

The distinguished British sociologist of religion David Martin has argued, above all on the basis of the global spread of Pentecostalism, that we are living through a period comparable in significance to the Protestant Reformation. This talk sought to evaluate that claim by examining a number of other major “points of departure” in human history, most of them associated with the birth of major world religions.  Professor Torpey identified patterns in these other episodes that could help us set our own time in a broader perspective and make better sense of it. Find more information here.