Dr. Kadir Yildirim will discuss his recent research on Muslim responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic affected religious practice and religiosity in parts of the Muslim world. In discussion with event moderator MEI Faculty Director, Professor Tarek Masoud, Dr. Yildirim will outline key findings from an online public opinion survey conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia and review the social and political implications of the pandemic.
Dr. Yildirim is a fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute. His main research interests include politics and religion, political Islam, the politics of the Middle East, and Turkish politics.
Dr. Yildirim is the author of two books: "Muslim Democratic Parties in the Middle East: Economy and Politics of Islamist Moderation" (2015) and a forthcoming book, "The Politics of Religious Party Change: Islamist and Catholic Parties in Comparative Perspective," for which he received a Smith Richardson Foundation’s prestigious Strategy & Policy Fellows grant. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Ohio State University, where he also earned an M.A. degree. Yildirim received his B.A. from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.