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Between Muslims: Religious Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan – Dr Andrew Bush
Episode 37th December 2021 • Religion and Global Challenges • Cambridge Interfaith Programme
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In this third instalment of our mini-series on Living with Religious Difference, we talk to Dr Andrew Bush (Cracow University of Economics) about the way in which pious and not so pious Muslims in Iraqi Kurdistan craft everyday lives together. During our conversation, we delve into the everyday as a site of exploring religious difference and consider how poetry becomes a way of engaging with alterity, whether Christian, Muslim, or other. 

Music: ‘Ebasî Kemendî: Gelawej, Refîq Chalak: Diyarm Deyrî ‘Îshqe 


Andrew Bush completed a PhD in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in 2014, and then held teaching and research positions at New York University Abu Dhabi until 2019. When the podcast was recorded, he was a Visiting Fellow in Harvard Law's School's Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, and now as the podcast is released, he is a Research Fellow at the Cracow University of Economics. His work has appeared in American Ethnologist, the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle East. His book, Between Muslims: Religious Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan was published in 2020 with Stanford University Press.


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  • Benjamen, Alda ed. (2020). "Narratives of coexistence and pluralism in northern Iraq" Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary Iraq & the Arab World, no. 14. 
  • Bush, Andrew (2020). Between Muslims: Religious Difference in Iraqi Kurdistan, Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Ghaderi, Farangis, Clémence Scalbert Yücel, and Yasar Hassan Ali, (2021). Women's Voices from Kurdistan: A Selection of Kurdish Poetry, London: Transnational Press.
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