Gavin Brockett

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Associate Professor Associate Professor, History and Religion and Culture Co-Coordinator, Muslim Studies Option Global Engagement Liaison, Laurier International Faculty of Arts Religion and Culture Waterloo, Ontario gbrockett@wlu.ca Office: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3774

Bio/Research

I received my doctoral training as a historian in the interdisciplinary Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (2003). Prior to that, I studied at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria.

My teaching and research are integrally ...


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Bio/Research

I received my doctoral training as a historian in the interdisciplinary Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (2003). Prior to that, I studied at Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria.

My teaching and research are integrally connected. In the classroom, I explore methods by which to inspire and assist students to actively engage and learn about people in parts of the world that seems very distant to young Canadians today. My desire is to ignite interest in and empathy for the peoples and cultures of the Middle East as well as Muslims in many parts of the world as we explore contemporary experiences from a historical perspective. In the context of what can seem to be mind-boggling developments across the Middle East, I am interested not just in making sense of significant political developments and transformations but equally in the experiences of ordinary women, men and children who contribute to these changes while also enduring their consequences.

Recently I have diverged from my focus upon Turkey to study “International Islam” as a global phenomenon after 1945, particularly as articulated by the World Muslim Congress. At a time normally associated with secular nationalism and decolonization, the World Muslim Congress worked to cultivate a shared Muslim identity within the nation-state framework. This produced an expression of Muslim unity distinct from both early Pan-Islam and the Islamism with which we are more familiar today. In light of the prominence of various expressions of Islamism in recent years, it is imperative that we consider the nature of International Islam, its capacity to reflect the priorities of people in countries throughout the world and the framework it offers Muslims trying to negotiate modernity and globalization in the twenty-first century. I am currently exploring these themes as they have been manifest in Turkey, Pakistan and Egypt.


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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

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Media Relations

Claire Bruner-Prime
Communications and Media Relations Officer
cprime@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3684

Lori Chalmers Morrison
Director: Integrated Communications
lchalmersmorrison@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3067

Graham Mitchell
Director: Communications & Issues Management
gmitchell@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070

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Beth Gurney
Associate Director: Communications & Public Affairs
bgurney@wlu.ca
(519) 884-0710 ext. 5753

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