Begim '07 returns to discuss Islamic banking in Kazakhstan

Ainur Begim ’07, now a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Yale, returns to Bates to offer the lecture Finance, Religion and the State in Post-Socialist Kazakhstan at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Pettengill Hall’s Room G21.

Sponsored by the anthropology department, the talk is open to the public at no cost.

Originally from Kazakhstan, Begim has extensively researched the legacies of socialism in the former Soviet bloc.

A psychology major and religion minor at Bates, she received the college’s Phillips Fellowship to research the social hierarchies of ancient Greece through the framework of the Panathenaic Festival, the most important religious festival in ancient Athens. In particular, Begim explored the place of women in that hierarchy and how religion shaped their roles and values.

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