Islamic Studies Highlight of Baylor Business Lecture and Q&A

March 30, 2012

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Waco, Texas (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.

About Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

About Hankamer School of Business

Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business provides a rigorous academic experience, consisting of classroom and hands-on learning, guided by Christian commitment and a global perspective. Recognized nationally for several programs, including Entrepreneurship and Accounting, the school offers 24 undergraduate and 13 graduate areas of study. Visit and follow on Twitter at @Baylor_Business.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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