Building Democracy in Muslim-Majority Countries: Indonesia, Senegal, & Tunisia


Thursday, February 2, 2012, 4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Alfred StepanAlfred Stepan, Columbia University

About the Seminar
In this seminar, Professor Alfred Stepan will elaborate on his research building democracy in Muslim-majority countries, with special emphasis on Indonesia, Senegal, and Tunisia. He will also discuss Muslims in Hindu-majority India.

About the Speaker
Alfred Stepan is Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, the founding director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR), and the co-director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL).

He was the founding rector and president of Central European University in Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw and was the former director on the Concilium on International and Area Studies at Yale University and the dean of the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. His two most recent books are Democracy in Multinational Societies: India and Other Polities with Juan J. Linz, Yogendra Yadav (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) and Democracies in Danger (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

Stepan’s teaching and research interests include comparative politics, theories of democratic transitions, federalism, and the world’s religious systems and democracy. In the last two years, he has conducted field research in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, and Brazil.