Tonight, at Williams College, I'll be giving a lecture titled "Is Mu'ammar Qaddafi Darth Vader? Three Months That Shook This Planet." All six Star Wars movies + The Middle East. With lots of pictures. It's 7pm at Schapiro 129. Here's more info:
In the last few months, almost everything we thought we knew about the Middle East and the Arab world seems to be proved wrong. Why did people revolt, why are they risking their lives, and what do they want? How can Star Wars help illuminate for us why this uprising is happening? How can we use religion to understand what the democratic Middle East is the future might look like? Join Haroon Moghul in a discussion about the possible post-secular, post-Islamist future.
But that only explains the Arab revolutions in a very cool and accessible way.
Real Q: What caused the revolutions?
True A: Jersey Shore. Read my piece on Religion Dispatches about how and why...