News for Monday, December 12, 2016

School for Advanced Research Lecture Series Continues: The Audacious Ascetic: What the Bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qaida

Flagg MillerFlagg Miller

Free for SAR members, non-members register here.

The School for Advanced Research lecture series, Crossing Global Frontiers, continues Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. Professor Flagg Miller will explore The Audacious Ascetic: What the Bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qaida.

Following the fall of the Afghan Taliban in December 2001, the Cable News Network acquired more than 1,500 audiotapes from Osama bin Laden’s residential Kandahar compound. Featuring over two hundred speakers from around the world, the collection contains twenty-four previously unpublished recordings of bin Laden and many of Al-Qaida’s top leaders. In an intriguing talk, Flagg Miller, associate professor of religious studies at the University of California at Davis, will focus on bin Laden’s emergence as a leader renowned for asceticism and audacity in challenging America’s global power. He will explore how the story of Al-Qaida, as a worldwide militant/terrorist organization, was largely the product of Western security analysts and how bin Laden and others had different views and goals.

Flagg Miller with Bin Laden tapesFlagg Miller with Bin Laden tapesFlagg Miller with Bin Laden tapesFlagg Miller’s research focuses on cultures of modern Muslim reform in the Middle East. His first book, The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen (2007), examined how Yemenis have used traditional poetry and new media technologies to envision a productive relationship between tribalism and progressive Muslim reform. Along with publications in a variety of professional journals, Flagg has written the preface to Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak (University of Iowa Press, 2007), a collection of translated poems written by detainees at Guantánamo Bay.

The Audacious AsceticThe Audacious AsceticAll lectures in the Public Lecture Series, which runs through June 2017, will be held at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are free to SAR members. Nonmembers are $10.00. Please register at lectures.sarweb.org.

This lecture is sponsored by George Watson and Daniels Insurance. The entire lecture series is made possible through the generous support of Adobo Catering, the Betty and Luke Vortman Endowment Fund, Pajarito Scientific Corporation, the Flora Crichton Lecture Fund, Thornburg Investment Management, Shiprock Santa Fe, and SAR members, with additional support provided by Santa Fe Dining Inc. For more information about the 2016-2017 Public Lecture Series, visit lectures.sarweb.org or contact Maureen Ayers (505) 954-7245 or ayers[at]sarsf.org.

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