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The Center for the Study of Islam Democracy

Bios, Abstracts, and Final Papers

Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)

 Seventh Annual Conference


The Challenge of Democracy in the Muslim World


 Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008


May 5-6, 2006 


Welcoming Addresses


Tony Sullivan, Vice-Chair of CSID [Bio] 


Radwan A. Masmoudi, President of CSID [Bio]

Keynote Addresses 


Saad Eddine Othmani, S.G. of the Party of Justice and Development in Morocco 

[Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

[Final Paper (PDF)] 


Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

[Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Peter F. Mulrean ( Middle East Partnership Initiative, Department of State)

[Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Laith Kubba, Director of Middle East & North Africa, NED and former spokesman for the Iraqi government.

[Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Session1: Theoretical Analysis of Democratization in the Muslim World

Chair:  Tony Sullivan, Fund for American Studies [Bio] 


“The Crisis of Non-Islamist Parties in the Middle East”

Marina Ottaway (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, DC)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


“Towards an Experiment in Libertarian Political Islam”

Anas Malik ( Xavier University, OH)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


“Islamization of Democracy: The Requisite of Democracy in the Islamic World”

Mohamed Berween ( Texas A&M International University, TX)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]  


Session 2: State of Democracy in the Muslim World

Chair:  Joseph Montville, CSID [Bio] 


Pakistan between Mosque and Military”

Husain Haqqani (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


“Transitional Politics in the Maghreb: Prospects for Democracy in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia”

John P Entelis ( Fordham University, NY),

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


“Democratization in Syria and the Interplay of Culture and Structure”

Louay Safi, (CSID Board Member)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]



















Session 3: Debate on Media and Democratization in the Muslim World

Chair:  Abdallah Schleifer (Al Arabiya) [Bio]  


Philip Seib (Marquette University, WI)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Abdallah Schleifer (Al Arabiya, DC)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Abderrahim Foukara ( Al-Jazeera , DC)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Session 4: NDAW: Voices of Democrats from the Arab World

Chair:  Abderrahim Sabir, [Bio] CSID Program Officer & Coordinator of the Network of Democrats in the Arab World  


Session 5: Challenges to Democracy: Domestic and External

Chair:  Abdulwahab Alkebsi, National Endowment for Democracy [Bio]  


“U.S. Policy toward Political Reforms in Morocco”

Mustapha khalfi (visiting scholar, Carnegie endowment for international peace) [Abstract]

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Confronting the Real Enemy: An Islamic Perspective for Fighting Corruption”

Maryam Knight ( New York University, NY)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Revisiting Secularism and Revitalization of Islamism: Democratic Perspective”

Maimul Ahsan Khan (University of California-Davis) 

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Reform Movement in Iran”

Reza Eslami (Professor of Human Human Rights)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


Session 6: Prospects for Democracy in the Muslim World

Chair:  Dan Brumberg, Georgetown  University [Bio]  


“The Intersection between Human Rights and Democratization”

Neil Hicks (Human Rights First, NY)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Core Strategic Challenges for Successful Democratic Reforms”

Alon Ben-Meir ( New York University, NY)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Are elections in the Muslim world in America’s interests?”

Joshua Muravchik (Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


Session 7: Islamists and Democratization

Chair:  Najib Ghadbian, University of Arkansas [Bio]  


“Democratization and Islamist ‘Auto-Reform’: Preliminary Findings from Egypt,  Jordan and Kuwait”

Carrie Rosefsky Wickham ( Emory University, GA),

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“To Engage or Not to Engage? The Emerging Consensus on US Policy toward Political Islam”

Shadi Hamid ( Georgetown University, DC),

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)


“Islamist Democrats?: Assessing and Evaluating the Democratic Commitments of Islamist Parties in Turkey, Morocco, and Jordan”

Sean Brooks ( Davidson College, NC)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF) 


“The Inter-Relations between Moderate Islamists, their Media and Democratization in the Arab World”

Carola Richter ( Erfurt University, Germany)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)


Session 8: Citizenship in Islam

Chair:  Muqtedar Khan, Brookings & Univ. of Delaware [Bio]  


“Citizenship and non-Muslims in Modern Islamic Thought”

Rachel Scott (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA),

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Difficulties encountered by Muslims in Granada, Spain”

Alan Cordova ( Williams College, MA)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


“Citizenship and Democracy in Kyrgyzstan, one year after the Tulip Revolution”

Vanessa Ruget, comparative politics teacher at Bentley College (Massachusetts, USA)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)


Session 9: Developing New and Just Interpretations of Islamic Principles for the 21st Century

Chair:  Louay Safi, CSID [Bio]  


“Bridging the Gap: Revisiting the Way We Interpret Islam”

Wael Nawara (Egyptian Alghad Party)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Can there be Democratic Governance without the Separation of Religion and Politics?”

Abdulaziz Sachedina ( University of Virginia) 

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Democratic Governance and the So-Called Islamic State”

Asma Afsaruddin ( University of Notre Dame)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Session 10: The Status and Role of Women in the Muslim World

Chair:  Robert Schadler, CSID [Bio]  


“A Presentation on Freedom House’s Comparative, Region-Wide Study, Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Citizenship and Justice”

Mariam Memarsadeghi (Senior Program Manager of Middle East and North Africa, Freedom House,)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Responding to the Challenge:  Moroccan Women and Democracy”

Sarah Swic (Program Assistant, Minaret of Freedom Institute),

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Education is the Foundation: Women Building Peace and Prosperity in Sudan”

Leigh Graham (Teachers College, Columbia University)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]



Session 11: Challenges for Democracy in Muslim Asia

Chair:  Louis Cantori , Univ. of Baltimore [Bio] 


“Why Democracy? On the Need for Fresh Thinking about an Old Ideal”

John Keane ( University of Westminster and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB),

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Domestic and external challenges to democracy in the Muslim world Case studies:   Turkey and Afghanistan”

Nilofar Sakhi (Conflict Transformation Program, Eastern Mennonite University)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“Creating a Productive Discourse on Democracy in the Muslim World”

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad (Minaret of Freedom Institute)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)] 


Session 12: A Modern Islamic Democratic Discourse

Chair:  Asma Afsaruddin, CSID & Univ. of Notre Dame [Bio]  


“Liberating Islam from Bondage:  The Radical Democratic Discourse of Al-Sadiq al-Nayhum”

Alberto Fernandez (Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near East Affairs, U.S. Department of State)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“A Comparison of the Compact of Medina and the Early Development of the United States Constitution”

Saeed Khan (Department of Near East & Asian Studies, Wayne State University)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]


“The ‚Äö√Ñ√≤Ulama of Egypt: As a Progressive and Moderate Religious Authority?

Shaznene Hussain ( University of Arkansas)

[Abstract] [Bio] [Final Paper (PDF)]






















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