Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Islam, Islamism, and Democratic Values

Islam, Islamism, and Democratic Values

Date : Sat., May 06, 2006 to Sun., May 07, 2006 Category : Butcher History Institute

Islam, Islamism, and Democratic Values Conference Summary by Trudy Kuehner


Topics and Speakers

Welcoming Remarks

05/06/2006 - 10:55 AM to 11:00 AM
Walter A. McDougall

Co-Chair - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy

Islam vs. Islamism

05/06/2006 - 11:00 AM to 12:15
S. Abdallah Schleifer

Associate Scholar

Director, Washington News Bureau, Al-Arabiya

Related Article(s):

The Impact of Arab Satellite Television on the Prospects for Democracy in the Arab World

Sunni Islam: What Students Need to Know

Shiism: What Students Need to Know

Islam and Politics in Historical Perspective

05/06/2006 - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
David Cook

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Rice University

Author of Understanding Jihad

Asian Islam and Arab Islam: Is There a Difference?

05/06/2006 - 2:30 PM to 3:45
Robert W. Hefner

Professor of Anthropology, Associate Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Boston University

Editor of Remaking Muslim Politics

Islam in Europe

05/06/2006 - 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Jvette Klausen

Associate Professor of Politics, Brandeis University

Author of The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe

Michael Radu

Co-Chair - Center for the Study of Terrorism

Author of Dilemmas of Democracy and Dictatorship

Harvey Sicherman


Former President

Keynote: Iraq's Democratic Prospects

05/06/2006 - 7:30 PM
Kanan Makiya

The Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle East Studies, Brandeis University

Author of The Republic of Fear

Islam, Law, and Human Rights

05/06/2006 - 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM
David Forte

Professor of Law, Cleveland State University

Author of Studies in Islamic Law

Panel Discussion: Islam, Democracy, and the West

05/06/2006 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Fawaz Gerges

Christian A. Johnson Chairholder in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, Sarah Lawrence College

Author of Journey of the Jihadist

Barry Rubin

Senior Fellow

Editor, Middle East Review of International Affairs

Director, Global Research in International Affairs Center

Harvey Sicherman


Former President

Paul Dickler

Senior Fellow - Wachman Center for Civic and International Literacy



Gregg Conference Center

270 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
PA Bryn Mawr 19010

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What Participants Receive:

Social studies and history teachers, curriculum supervisors and junior college faculty are invited to apply for participation in the History Institute. Forty participants will be selected to receive:

  • free room and board;
  • assistance in designing curriculum and special projects based on the History Institute;
  • stipends of $200 in exchange for curriculum units based on the History Institute, plus a representative selection of student work;
  • partial travel scholarships available for participants outside the East Coast;
  • subscription to Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs; E-Notes, FPRI’s weekly bulletin; and Footnotes, FPRI’s bulletin for high school teachers.