Religious Wars in Early Modern Europe and Contemporary Islam
Thursday, October 23
Skylight Room, 9th Floor, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th St.

Friday, October 24
Buell Hall, Columbia University's Morningside Campus
515 W 116th Street

Today’s sectarian conflict among Muslims calls to mind the religiously motivated conflict that characterized early modern Europe. This conference aims to examine commonalities and differences between the religiously motivated conflicts that divided early modern Europe and the contemporary Islamic world. We aim to look at the various conflicts and negotiations that led to temporary as well as more permanent peace, and we aim to understand how religious repression that was intensified by economic, socio-political, and geographic differences in western Europe have also been part of the Sunni/Shi’a split in places like Iraq and Syria, as well as other Islamic countries.

This two-day conference will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, October 23, and at Columbia University’s Buell Hall on Friday, October 24. More information, including a detailed schedule and information on all participants, is available at

RSVPs are appreciated but not necessary. You can RSVP here for either or both days.

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