Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World

Age of coexistence

Featuring Dr. Ussama Makdisi, from the University of California – Berkeley. Moving from the nineteenth century to the present, this groundbreaking book explores, without denial or equivocation, the politics of pluralism during the Ottoman Empire and in the post-Ottoman Arab world. Rather than judging the Arab world as a place of age-old sectarian animosities, Age of Coexistence describes the forging of a complex system of coexistence, what Makdisi calls the “ecumenical frame.” He argues that new forms of antisectarian politics, and some of the most important examples of Muslim-Christian political collaboration, crystallized to make and define the modern Arab world.

Sponsored by Duke Dept of History, Religious Studies, Asian & Middle East Studies, Duke Middle East Studies Center and Duke Islamic Studies Center.