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For immediate release: September 3, 2002

Contact: Marilyn Marks, 609-258-3601 or mmarks@princeton.edu

Media advisory: Conference on Islam after Sept. 11

Who: ..... Prominent scholars and journalists from the Middle East and around the world

What: ..... Conference on "Understanding and Responding to the Islamic World after Sept. 11." Participants will examine issues of modernization, democracy and responses to terrorism. The conference is free and open to the public.

When: ..... Sept. 27 and 28

Where: ..... 50 McCosh Hall on the Princeton campus
(an interactive campus map and information on parking are available online)

Scholars and journalists -- most of them from the Islamic world -- will gather at Princeton for a major conference on issues confronting Islam. Conference organizer Jeffrey Herbst, chair of Princeton's politics department, said the event will illustrate the "diversity of views in the Islamic world."

Panelists will discuss issues relating to Islam both in the United States and abroad, including responses to terrorism, governance, democracy and the relationship between Islam and the non-Islamic world.

A complete agenda is below. For planning purposes, reporters interested in covering this event should notify Natalie Lennon at (609) 258-3601 or nat@princeton.edu.


"Understanding and Responding to the Islamic World after 9/11"
Princeton University, September 27-28
(All events in McCosh 50)

Friday, September 27th

9:15 a.m. -- Welcoming remarks: Provost Amy Gutmann

Keynote address: Professor Abdulkarim Soroush
(recently, visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School)

10:30 a.m. -- Panel: Development and Modernization

Dr. Nader Fergany (speaker)
Director, Almishkat Centre for Research, Giza, Egypt

Professor Khurshid Ahmad (panelist)
Ex-Member of Senate, Pakistan and Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad

Mr. Hazem Saghie (panelist)
"Tayarat" (Currents) Supplement Editor, Al-Hayat, London

2:00 p.m. -- Panel: Islam and Civil Society

Professor Ridwan Al-Sayyid Ajami (speaker)
Lebanese National University

Professor Abdelwahab Meddeb (panelist)
Université Paris X (Nanterre)

Mr. Rami Khouri (panelist)
Syndicated columnist and freelance TV and radio host, Amman, Jordan

4:00 p.m. -- Panel: Islam, democracy, and governance

HRH Prince (Morocco) Moulay Hicham Benabdallah (speaker)

Dr. Abdou Filali-Ansary (panelist)
Director of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, Aga Khan University, London

Professor Zafar Ishaq Ansari (panelist)
Director General, Islamic Research Institute
International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Saturday, September 28th

9:00 a.m. -- Panel: Islam and the non-Islamic world

Professor Nilufer Gole (speaker)
Directeur d'etudes
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Centre d'analyse et d'intervention sociologiques, Paris, France

Professor Sulayman S. Nyang (panelist)
Department of African Studies
Howard University, Washington, DC

Professor Mamoun Fandy (panelist)
Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies
National Defense University, Washington, DC

11:00 a.m. -- Panel: American responses to Islamic diversity

Professor Philip B. Heymann (speaker)
James Barr Ames Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Mr. Ziad Asali (panelist)
President, American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
Washington, DC

Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl (panelist)
School of Law

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