Mark Juergensmeyer




Global Rebellion:

Religious Challenges to the Secular State, 
from Christian Militias to al Qæda

Mark Juergensmeyer

Director, Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies 
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara


Thursday, September 20, 2012 – 7:00pm

Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Why has the turn of the twenty-first century been rocked by a new religious rebellion? From al Qaeda to Christian militias to insurgents in Iraq, a strident new religious activism has seized the imaginations of political rebels around the world. With his new book, Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qæda, Mark Juergensmeyer provides an up-to-date road map through this complex new religious terrain.


“Is religion the problem, or is religion the solution? 
Is religion a harm to global ethics, 
or does it provide a healing touch?” 
Mark Juergensmeyer

Dr. Juergensmeyer is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books. His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence(University of California Press, revised edition 2003), was listed by the Washington Postand the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year. He has been a frequent commentator in the news media, including CNN, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, and Fox News.

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Humanities Faculty and 
Grad Students Seminar

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – 3:00pm

Ashe Administration Building, Room 427

Professor Jergensmeyer provided these background readings for the seminar. The focus will be on the first, shorter reading:

"Rethinking the Secular and Religious Aspects of Violence" in Craig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, eds, Rethinking Secularism (NY: Oxford University Press, 2011)‌