What's Religion Got to Do with It?

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Free
  • Open to the public

A panel discussion

This panel discussion continues a series of lectures examining the past and future of religion and conflict. Four scholars will discuss how religion, conflict and politics are, and aren’t, related in West Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

What does it mean to call something a “religious conflict”? Where might we place too much emphasis on religion as a factor in political life?

Launched in celebration of the Center’s 20th anniversary, the Religion and Conflict: Past and Future lecture series explores continuities and new developments in our understanding of religion, conflict and peace.


Anand Gopal
Anand Gopal

Journalist and Assistant Research Professor
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and School of Politics and Global Studies



Margaret Hanson
Margaret Hanson

Assistant Professor
School of Politics and Global Studies


Okey Iheduru
Okechukwu Iheduru

School of Politics and Global Studies

Gunes Murat Tezcur
Güneş Murat Tezcür

Director and Professor
School of Politics and Global Studies


Jason Bruner
Religious Studies
Interim Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict
Director, Desert Humanities Initiative


This event will take place on the ASU Tempe campus in West Hall, Room 135. Your confirmation email will provide detailed directions to the venue. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light refreshments. 

Note: This event is in-person only and will not be live-streamed for remote viewing. 

Registration details:

  • Free and open to all.
  • Register to guarantee your seat.
  • For classes or other groups, please contact us directly with your request.

Additional information

Event contact

Alex Brooks, events coordinator

Thursday, February 22, 2024


3:00 pm4:15 pm (MST)


West Hall, Room 135