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Nancy Davis & Rob Robinson

March 1, 2012 at 4:15p.m. (Prindle Auditorium)

Nancy Davis and Rob Robinson will talk about their forthcoming book, CLAIMING SOCIETY FOR GOD: RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL WELFARE IN EGYPT, ISRAEL, ITALY, AND THE UNITED STATES. The book chronicles how religiously orthodox, “fundamentalist,” movements of Christians, Jews and Muslims around the world have converged on a common strategy to install their religion at the center of society. Rather than terrorism, as much post-9/11 thinking suggests, the strategy-in-common is a patient, under-the-radar takeover of civil society. CLAIMING SOCIETY FOR GOD tells the stories of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Shas in Israel, Comunione e Liberazione in Italy, and the Salvation Army in the United States. Davis and Robinson will discuss how these movements are building massive grassroots networks of religiously based social service agencies, hospitals and clinics, rotating credit societies, schools and businesses—networks already being called states within states—to bring their own brand of faith to the center of society and state.


Nancy Davis is the Lester Martin Jones Professor of Sociology at DePauw; Rob Robinson is the Class of 1964 Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington.