FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Mehmet Gurses, Ph.D.

Political Science

Mehmet Gurses, Ph.D., joined the Department of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University in 2007 after completing his doctorate from the University of North Texas. An expert in Middle East politics, Dr. Gurses specializes in ethnic and religious conflict, post-civil war peace building, post-civil war democratization and Islamist parties in the Middle East. His scholarly publications have appeared in International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Civil Wars, Defense and Peace Economics, Democratization, International Studies Perspectives and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

The Rise and Fall of Islamism

The popular uprisings that swept through the Arab world have upended secular dictatorships in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt, and resulted in democratic reforms in several others, including Algeria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. These changes have also carried Islamists to the forefront of politics. In many of these countries, newly formed Islamist political parties emerged as the winners of these revolutionary changes. Islamists, however, have encountered significant social, political, and economic challenges from their own societies and failed to deliver on their promises. What is Islamism? How can we trace the roots of Islamism? Is it a passing phenomenon? What are the prospects of Islamism to win the people’s hearts and minds? Can it be defeated?

Professor Gurses will first present a general overview of Islam and Islamism in the Muslim world and then address Islamism in Turkey, the oil rich Gulf Middle East and North Africa.

Four Lectures
  1. The Rise and Spread of Islam
  2. The Rise & Fall of Islamism in Turkey
  3. The Rise and Fall of Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa
  4. Islamism: A Passing Phenomenon
Course # F4S1 — 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Saturdays — November 8, 15, 22; December 6 — No Class November 29
  Time:1:30–3:00 p.m.
  Fee:$34 / member; $54 / non-member
Ripped from the Headlines: This Week in the Middle East

A day hardly goes by without events in the Middle East making the headlines. Whether it is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, terrorism, the civil war in Syria, turmoil in Egypt and Yemen, rising political tensions in Turkey, domestic politics in Iraq, or Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Middle East seems to dominate the headlines every day.

This lecture series is designed to keep you up to date on the constantly shifting political, social and economic sands of the Middle East. Professor Gurses will review current events in the Middle East on a weekly basis. The lecture series aims to generate a debate over these rapidly changing landscapes and their implications for the U.S., Israel and the region.

Eight Lectures
  • 1 - 7. Events of the Week
  • 8. The Middle East: Major Events Across the Term
Course # W8R2 — Eight Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays, January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 2015
  Time:11:15 a.m. — 12:45 p.m.
  Fee:$68/member; $98/non-member