For more than 40 years, CCAS published a series of “Occasional Papers” featuring scholarship from both established and emerging voices from around the globe on issues related to the contemporary Arab world. Due to the changing landscape of knowledge production, CCAS no longer publishes new Occasional Papers, but we are pleased to make this historic body of scholarship available to the public through our website. Please feel free to peruse and download the papers here for academic and personal use. For reprint permissions, please contact Vicki Valosik, CCAS Multimedia and Publications Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally presented as the keynote address of the 1999 MESA Conference, on the eve of a predicted Y2K catastrophe, the piece reflects on the important effects that consciousness of time has had on the religions of the Middle East for centuries.
Stowasser, Barbara. “Religion and Political Development: Comparative Ideas on Ibn Khaldun and Machiavelli.” (2011)
Dr. Stowasser presents an interesting and unusual comparison of the political philosophy of two great medieval thinkers — Ibn Khaldun (d. 1402) and Machiavelli (d. 1527).
Dr. Stowasser examines the five daily prayers of Sunni Islam in order to explore how the “day” and the “hour” are structured in Islamic tradition, in Islamic science, and how they are being reconfigured in the age of globalization.
An edited transcript of presentations made at an October 25, 2000 conference at CCAS on the roots and implications of the ongoing Palestinian uprising against Israel.