Guest Speaker: Dr. Fatima Rahman, Assistant Professor of Politics of the Middle East and Islam, Lake Forest College.
Dr. Fatima Z. Rahman, Assistant Professor of Politics of the Middle East and Chair, Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, Countering ISIS and Extremism from Within Islam. The string of heinous terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe since late 2015 has brought the public's attention to the most significant security threat to the world: ISIS. Professor Rahman will discuss the origins and the ideology of ISIS, and the threat that it poses to both non-Muslims and Muslims. She will discuss ISIS recruitment in the West and the role of Muslims in defeating the threat.
Professor Rahman’s research and teaching specializations are Middle East Politics, Islam and Politics, and Democratization. A native of southern California, she received her BA in Political Science - International Relations from the University of California San Diego, her MA in Political Science from the University of California Riverside, and her PhD in Political Science from the University of California Irvine. Professor Rahman has published articles on her specializations in academic journals and presented at both academic conferences and speaking engagements. At UCI she earned the Associate Dean’s Fellowship Honor and the School of Social Science Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant.