Heritage Events Podcast
The Power of Counter-Narratives: Sufi Islam and the Rise of Wahhabism
The rise of Wahhabism has had a significant impact on the Middle East and beyond. This strict interpretation of Islam, which originated with an 18th century preacher based in the Arabian Peninsula named Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, argued that Islam had strayed from its pure path and a purge of more modern elements was required. Al-Wahhab also considered the Ottoman Caliphate governing Arabia at the time to be corrupt and the creation of an Islamic state which would implement ‘pure’ sharia law a necessity. Al-Wahhab’s ideas gained traction and were eventually adopted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In turn, Saudi Arabia pumped Wahhabi Islam not only around the Middle East but also into the West via its lavish funding of mosques and schools preaching al-Wahhab’s vision. The Wahhabist belief in a sole, pure version of Islam meant that other strains of Islam - such as the liberal humanist Islam that has at times been associated with Sufism - were opposed. This mindset endures, with Sufi graves destroyed and Sufi traditions sought to be wiped out by extremists to this day. This event will assess the impact of Wahhabism on the Middle East and South Asia. It will focus on the role of Sufism in potentially undermining Wahhabism, the tradition of inter-faith harmony in South Asian countries and the role of inter-faith dialogue in challenging extremist ideology.
The Plot To Change America: How Identity Politics Divides America
Want to know why there are riots in our streets and the country appears to be completely divided? It didn’t happen organically, and it was not a grassroots effort. The foundations for our division were laid decades ago. Mike Gonzalez’s book,The Plot to Change America, explains. Join author Mike Gonzalez and conservative commentator Michael Knowles for an illuminating conversation about the roots of identity politics and how this pernicious way of thinking divides America, featuring introductory remarks by Kay C. James.
Is the President Trumping Constitutional Norms?
Since taking office, President Trump has been derided by the mainstream media and his critics as running roughshod over constitutional norms, fueling the conviction of liberals and some moderate conservatives that the 45th President poses an ongoing threat to the Constitution. InDefender in Chief, constitutional scholar John Yoo argues that Trump’s adversaries have things exactly backwards. Far from considering Trump an inherent danger to our nation's founding principles, Yoo contends that the Framers would have seen Trump as restoring their vision of presidential power. It is instead liberal opponents who would overthrow existing constitutional norms in order to unseat Trump, thereby inflicting permanent damage on the presidency.Join us for a lively and timely discussion on presidential power and constitutional norms in the Trump era, with the book’s author, John Yoo, and well-known legal scholar David Rivkin.
How to Start an Education Pod: Civil Society's Response to COVID-19
As many schools across the country remain closed, parents are banding together to form “education pods,” pooling resources, grouping their children in co-quarantined clusters, and hiring a teacher or private tutor for instruction. It is a real-time, large scale example of civil society in action; what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” that make America an exceptional nation. How do these education pods work for students, and how might they benefit teachers and families? How do you form an education pod of your own?Join us for a discussion on how to build your own education pod with policy experts and parents who have created successful pods and microschools.