Saturday December 5, 2015: A Teacher Workshop on Bangladesh

Saturday, December 5, 10:00am – 12:30pm
A talk by Ali Riaz (Illinois State University)
“Islam and Politics in Bangladesh”
Moderated by S. Akbar Zaidi (Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, and the School of International and Public Affairs)

Ali Riaz is University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, at Normal, Illinois.  His primary areas of interest are political Islam, madrassahs, South Asian politics, and Bangladeshi politics. He has taught at Dhaka University and was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C.  From 1995-2000, he was Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service, Bengali Section, in London.  Among his many publications are Islam and Identity Politics among British-Bangladeshis: A Leap of Faith (2013); Inconvenient Truths about Bangladeshi Politics (2012); a volume of essays co-edited with Christine Fair, Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh (2011), another edited volume, Religion and Politics in South Asia (2010); Faithful Education: Madrassahs in South Asia (2008); and Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: A Complex Web (2008).

9:30am:  coffee, tea, and bagels
10:00am:  Introduction by S. Akbar Zaidi
10:15 – 11:15:  Talk by Ali Riaz
11:30am – 12:30:  Q & A discussion with moderator and speaker
11:30am:  Response by Akbar Zaidi and discussion
Copies of the following books will be distributed at the workshop to all participants:
A History of Bangladesh by Willem van Schendel
Sources of Indian Traditions: Modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh (Introduction to Asian Civilizations) (Volume 2, Third edition)
Participants must be K-12 teachers, two- or four-year college instructors or students enrolled in graduate education degree programs. If you would like to register for either workshop, or have questions, please contact William Carrick at <>.   Participants may register for one or both workshops.
To register, please send an email to which includes your name, school affiliation, level of students taught, and subjects taught. Student registrants should include their school and degree program, anticipated graduation date, and a very brief statement of career goals.
There is no registration fee to attend the workshop.  All books and materials will be provided to participants at no cost. 
For additional information, please contact William Carrick at <> or by phone at (212) 854-4565.