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Join award-winning journalist Krithika Varagur as she tells the story of Saudi influence as it has never been told before.
Event Description: Everyone talks about "Saudi money," but no one really knows what it is. Join award-winning journalist Krithika Varagur, a longtime chronicler of religion and politics, as she tells the story of Saudi influence as it has never been told before. She’ll report across the breadth of the Muslim world, from Nigeria to Indonesia to Kosovo. This talk is adapted from her upcoming book "The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project" (out 4/21/20 with Columbia Global Reports).
“The Call” connects the dots on Saudi Arabia's campaign to propagate its brand of ultraconservative Islam worldwide after it became oil-rich in the 20th century. Varagur visits diverse outposts of its influence, from a Saudi university in Jakarta to a beleaguered Shi'a movement in Nigeria. She finds that the campaign has had remarkably broad and sometimes uniform effects, from the intolerance of religious minorities to the rise of powerful Saudi-educated clerics. The kingdom has spent billions of dollars on its da'wa, or call to Islam, at many points with the direct support of the United States.
Event Location: This event will take place online via Zoom, a free video-conferencing tool. New to Zoom? After you buy your ticket, you'll receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to use it, and you'll be a pro in no time!
Krithika’s Bio: Krithika Varagur is an award-winning journalist who covers Indonesia for The Guardian and has reported widely from Southeast and South Asia for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The Financial Times, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times. She regularly corresponds for outlets like NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now!, and Deutsche Welle and her work has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the International Women's Media Foundation, the Overseas Press Club Foundation, the Rory Peck Trust, and more. She is a National Geographic explorer and a former Amtrak writer-in-residence. Varagur graduated from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
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