On Wednesday, June 25, the Laboratory organized another regular methodological workshop at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies. At the beginning of the workshop Alexander Knysh, head of the Laboratory made a presentation “Islam in Public Sphere: Manifestations and Contestations”. Senior teacher of the Department of the Philosophy and Culture of the Orient Anna Matochkina presented a report titled «Transformation of the Public Sphere in today’s Arab World». The workshop drew attention of not only colleagues from St. Petersburg State University, but also members of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (Russian Academy of Science). It is encouraging that among the participants there were a lot of young scientists and graduate students. The seminar ended with an active discussion where the participants were able to share their opinions. Here you can find a PowerPoint version of Professor Knysh’s presentation.