Security Studies Guest Lecture on ISIS: Angelo State University’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies will host a special guest lecture and panel discussion on ISIS (Islamic State) and its propaganda efforts on Monday, Nov. 20, in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.
Titled “Tackling ISIS and the Dabiq,” the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center and is open free to the public. Featured speakers will be Dr. Anthony Celso, ASU professor of security studies, and Dr. Yahya Michot, professor of Islamic thought and Christian-Muslim relations at the Hartford Seminary theological college in Connecticut.
Celso will speak about the security aspects of identifying and tackling ISIS propaganda tools, such as the Dabiq magazine. Michot will speak about the flaws of the ISIS ideology. Following their individual presentations, Celso and Michot will engage in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the audience.
ISIS, also known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), or just Islamic State, started as an al-Qaeda splinter group with the aim of creating an Islamic state called a caliphate across Iraq, Syria and beyond. It has claimed responsibility for dozens of public executions and terrorist attacks across the Middle East and Europe since its formation in 2006.
An ASU faculty member since 2016, Celso has published several books and numerous articles about radical groups, such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, including the book “Al-Qaeda’s Post 9-11 Devolution: The Failed Jihadist Struggle against the Near and Far Enemy.” His latest book, “The Islamic State: A Comparative Study of Jihadist Warfare,” is scheduled for publication in 2018. His articles have been published in such journals as Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal of Political Science and Public Affairs, and International Journal of Political Science. He taught previously at the University of Central Florida and Valley Forge Military College, and he holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
Michot is also co-editor of The Muslim World journal and teaches Islamic societies and Islamic classical thought and history at Hartford Seminary. He previously taught Arabic philosophy, language, history and literature at Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and Islamic theology and Arabic at Oxford University in England. He has published numerous books and articles on Islamic classical thought, drugs in Muslim societies, and Islam in the West. He holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of Louvain and previously served as president of the Higher Council of Muslims in Belgium.