Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES) is an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers from the eight campuses of Indiana University. Our mandate is to aid in the development of research to better understand religion, ethics, values, and spirituality in society.

The Consortium is pleased to announce a new initiative: The Religion and Ethics Seminars, a set of faculty-led, year-long seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, and values.

For information on the seminars, including how to submit a proposal, click here.


The 2016 US Presidential Election and the Muslim Question

October 19th 4:00-5:30 at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington, IN

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Nader Hashemi 
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver

American Muslims constitute approximately one percent of the total population of the United States, yet their presence in the US has become a major flashpoint in the 2016 US Presidential election. How can we explain this development? Is Donald Trump responsible? Do the Republican Party and Fox News bear any responsibility for the acrimonious and polarized debate that surrounds this subject? Alternatively, are events in the Arab-Islamic world—particularly the rise and spread of ISIS—key to the story? Specifically, to what extent has the spread of radical Islamist ideology among American Muslims contributed to anti-Muslim sentiment in the US? The terrorist attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga and Fort Hood – perpetrated by radicalized American Muslims – would seem to suggest this is a contributing factor. This lecture seeks to answer these questions by ruminating on the “Muslim Question” in contemporary American politics with a special focus on examining the roots of Islamophobia in the US today.

To read more about Nader's work click here.