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The University of Southampton

Global Religion and the Great War: A Colloquium Event

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18:00 - 20:00
19 October 2017
Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of the Great War: Unknown War Programme 2017-18

The three talks this evening are by historians involved in a major new research project at Oxford University, exploring how religion affected the course of the First World War. The speakers will each focus on one religion - Christianity, Islam or Judaism - with the following topics:
'Religion and the Balfour Declaration' (Prof Adrian Gregory) 'The Irony of Human Rights: Catholicism during the World War' (Dr Patrick Houlihan) 'Muslims and Minorities in the Middle East' (Hussein Omar).

The Colloquium will be chaired by Professor Kendrick Oliver.

Refreshments will be served from 5:30 and a wine reception will follow. Joining instructions will be sent before the event.


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Speaker information

Professor Adrian Gregory,University of Oxford,the historical consultant to the series Britain and the First World War presented by Jeremy Paxman and which is being filmed for broadcast on BBC 1 in 2014. Editor and contributor for the new online encyclopaedia 1914-18 "I am currently continuing my work on the First World War in British and Global History I'm in the final phases of a new short history of the war to be published by Oxford University Press and have recently contributed a chapter on 'Religion and Belief' to the new Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the war I am also planning to develop an interdisciplinary research group on war, peace and religion in Oxford. Whilst I am likely to continue working on the First World War during the centenary period, I intend to move to later 20th century history after 2019."

Dr Hussein Omar,University of Oxford,a cultural and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and is currently a Research Associate at the History Faculty, working on the 'First World War and Global Religions’ project. His postdoctoral research examines the anticolonial insurrectionary movements in Egypt and Iraq between 1919-1920. It builds on his doctoral thesis, ‘The Rule of Strangers’, which examined political ideas, as well as the very emergence of politics as an autonomous category, in Egypt between 1869 and 1914. Other areas of research interest include: how the property endowed to God (waqf) was managed by the colonial and postcolonial state; the limits of pan-Islamism as a political project; and Muslim sovereignty and kingship, before, after and during the Ottoman defeat in the First World War.

Dr Patrick Houlihan,University of Oxford,a Research Fellow in Modern History at the University of Oxford, interested in the study of religion and violence. My publications include a book entitled, Catholicism and the Great War: Religion and Everyday Life in Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1922 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), which was awarded the Fraenkel Prize of the Wiener Library. My research interests are classical and contemporary themes that put the global with the local, particularly regarding ideology and culture in war and peace. I am currently working on a book project that is a global history of the Catholic Church during the First World War. Currently a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, I obtained by PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 2011. My research has been sponsored in part by grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the University of Chicago, and the American Philosophical Society. Since 2016, I have been a member of Oxford's "Globalising and Localising the Great War" project and its research focus of "Global Religions," for which we have received major multi-year funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (AHRC). I am pleased to be contacted about my scholarly interests, both for academic and public purposes.

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