Date and time:
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 21:49
The Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Rd
Dr Matthew Gray - Senior Lecturer - Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies - ANU
Conspiracy theories are common in the Middle East, and cover a range of topics from US policy to 9/11, Israel’s Mossad and even the death of Princess Diana. Foreign powers, local leaders, and societal actors all feature in them. Where do these conspiracy theories come from, and what do they mean? This lecture will examine this question by looking at several of the region’s most prevalent conspiracy theories and addressing what each says about the region’s politics, social dynamics, and worldviews.