March 14 Patrick Lecture to Focus on Asia, The Muslim World, and the West
Historian Cemil Aydin will deliver a free, public lecture titled “Asia, The Muslim World, and the West: An International History of Civilizational Identities” at the Guilford College Community Center, on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. He will discuss the significance of the civilizational identities of Asia, Islam and the West in modern international history and intellectual history, and how they impacted and shaped the evolution of the contemporary world order.
Aydin currently teaches at UNC Chapel Hill. His 2007 book, The Politics of Anti-Westernism in Asia: Visions of World Order in Pan-Islamic and Pan-Asian Thought, was praised by John Voll, professor of Islamic history at Georgetown University, who said, “Cemil Aydin presents a profound analysis of anti-Westernism that transcends simplistic polemics about ‘why they hate us’ and offers a significant contribution to understanding intercultural relations in the modern era. Combining expertise in Middle Eastern and Asian studies, Aydin joins a clear global perspective with an in-depth historical study. The result is a comprehensive understanding of one of the major themes of modern global affairs.”
This event is the History Department’s 2012 annual Rembert Patrick Lecture. It was established in memory of Rembert W. Patrick, a 1930 Guilford graduate who taught the History of the American South and Reconstruction for many years at the University of Florida and later served as a research professor at the University of Georgia. In 1961, Patrick was president of the Southern Historical Association. His wife Eleanor Patrick, a 1932 Guilford graduate, established the lecture series in his memory in 1970.
The event is co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, Campus Ministry and Guilford Community of Religious Observants.