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Islamic Studies Highlight of Baylor Business Lecture and Q&A

March 30, 2012

Baylor University's department of economics in the Hankamer School of Business will sponsor a lecture by Timur Kuran, professor of economics and political science and the Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2, on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center, 1401 S. Fourth St.

Kuran will present a lecture based on his newest book, "The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East," which was published in 2011 by Princeton University Press. The book discusses the economic divergence between the Middle East and the West and the causes of the divergence and why the Middle East remains hugely underdeveloped when compared to Western culture.

An audience Q&A and book signing will follow Kuran's presentation.

Kuran is one of the world's leading experts on Islamic economic institutions and the economy of the Middle East, and along with his most recent book, is researching the role Islam played in the economic rise of the Middle East. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Princeton University and Stanford University after graduating from Robert Academy in Istanbul. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association, edits a book series for Cambridge University Press and serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit Baylor's Calendar of Events.

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