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Al Hewar Center- Terror International in the Heart of DC
March 22, 2006
MIM: The list of speakers at the Al Hewar Center shows that Thomas's prefacing an address at the center with the words"My Fellow Terrorists" may be her only accurate accessment in her 57 years as a political commentator.
The Al Hewar Center's claim that they are not "affiliated with any organisation, nation and ideology " could not be further debunked then by the names on the list below which reads like a Who's Who of radical Islamists, institutions, and organisations.
About Al Hewar
Al-Hewar Center Opens Doors for Arab Dialogue
Over a period of two years ending in the summer of 1994, Al-Hewar Magazine invited a diverse group of Arabs and Arab-Americans in the Washington metropolitan area to hold regular discussions at the offices of the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The goal of these meetings was to work toward forging a common intra-Arab perspective that would be conducive to conflict resolution, bridging of differences, and advancement of understanding and cooperative relationships among Arabs of all backgrounds.
The discussions, which included scholars, diplomats, businessmen and members of the media, demonstrated that, notwithstanding a strong sense of common national (Arab) identity, the Arabs lack a common perspective on national life. Furthermore, they are disillusioned by the events of the recent past, present conditions, and ongoing trends in the Arab world, and they expect little meaningful reform in the absence of a shared national perspective.
This sense of a common national identity was instrumental in bringing the group together in the first place; however the disparate perspectives on national life, which the participants variously held and defended, has been a chronic dilemma facing Arab thinkers and reformers. It has frozen in place a status quo of economic, social and political fragmentation of the Arab homeland, and continues to thwart movement toward progressive and democratic governance.
The various participants brought their own diverse perspectives into the discussion - nationalist, secularist, Islamic, and one that supports the status quo as the only available choice. Rigid and contentious at first, the positions eventually softened somewhat over the period of sustained discourse. They also showed a propensity to synthesize. For example, the Islamic and secular perspectives approached common ground by recognizing that they each believe that human intellect is the final arbiter of the good and the bad in human affairs. The nationalist and status quo perspectives, likewise, converged on a symbiotic concept of Arabism in which national identity and individual state citizenship can mutually enhance the quality of Arab life.
The discussants, moreover, showed remarkable agreement about what they perceived to be the major deficiencies of the state of affairs in the Arab world. The concerns they voiced invariably related to increasing subordination to foreign will, political strife, defense vulnerability, economic fragmentation, underdevelopment, autocratic authority, and the lack of democracy and constitutional protection of human and civil rights. They agreed that, for a variety of reasons, the Arab governments could not be counted upon to undertake meaningful national reform and that only an intensive national discourse, generating and directing civic pressure, could move the governments to respond.
Encouraged by the threads of common thought and the positive results of the discussions, AlHewar magazine took the initiative to establish the ALHEWAR CENTER in December 1994 as a forum to encourage further discourse with a view to finding more common ground. The forum is designed to facilitate the participation of a wider and more diverse audience and to expand the scope of the gatherings to include the cultural side of Arabism as well.
The AL-HEWAR CENTER was founded upon the belief that a shared national perspective is essential both to achieve Arab cohesion and to serve as a solid platform for reform; that without it, the Arab national experience will continue to stumble from one debacle to another, putting at risk the very survival of Arabism as both the distinct identity of the Arabs and the repository and guardian of the great legacy of Islam.
Another goal of the AL-HEWAR CENTER is to provide a forum for dialogue in an effort to overcome the negative image of Arabs and Muslims which has pervaded American culture. This can be accomplished by Arab and Muslim dialogue with Americans. However, before this dialogue can take place, the Arabs must reach an understanding and a consensus about their own identity before they can present it to others.
While continuing its open Arab-Arab discussions, the AL-HEWAR CENTER has also begun holding parallel discussions between Arabs and Americans by inviting American speakers to address the Center's audience in the hope that a new mutual understanding, and even cooperation, can gradually be achieved.
For a list of past events hosted at Al-Hewar Center, click here.
Basic annual membership to Al-Center is only $100. Members may attend all regular events at the Center for free (entry is $5 for nonmembers). In addition, Members receive complimentary subscriptions to Al-Hewar Magazine, including its English supplement, the Arab-American Dialogue. Click Here for Membership Coupon.
The following is a list of many of the people who have spoken
MIM: The Al Hewar Institute's Islamist agenda is highlighted by this Universal Islamist Declaration of Human Rights, which is meant to replace the Constitution with the Koran when the Khalifate is implemented world wide.
The declaration, proclaims that "Islam gave to mankind an ideal code of human rights fourteen centuries ago" and that this is "a declaration for all mankind"
Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights
21 Dhul Qaidah 1401 19 September 1981
This is a declaration for mankind, a guidance and instruction to those who fear God.
Islam gave to mankind an ideal code of human rights fourteen centuries ago. These rights aim at conferring honour and dignity on mankind and eliminating exploitation, oppression and injustice.
Human rights in Islam are firmly rooted in the belief that God, and God alone, is the Law Giver and the Source of all human rights. Due to their Divine origin, no ruler, government, assembly or authority can curtail or violate in any way the human rights conferred by God, nor can they be surrendered.
Human rights in Islam are an integral part of the overall Islamic order and it is obligatory on all Muslim governments and organs of society to implement them in letter and in spirit within the framework of that order.
It is unfortunate that human rights are being trampled upon with impunity in many countries of the world, including some Muslim countries. Such violations are a matter of serious concern and are arousing the conscience of more and more people throughout the world.
I sincerely hope that this Declaration of Human Rights will give a powerful impetus to the Muslim peoples to stand firm and defend resolutely and courageously the rights conferred on them by God.
This Declaration of Human Rights is the second fundamental document proclaimed by the Islamic Council to mark the beginning of the 15th Century of the Islamic era, the first being the Universal Islamic Declaration announced at the International Conference on The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his Message, held in London from 12 to 15 April 1980.
The Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights is based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah and has been compiled by eminent Muslim scholars, jurists and representatives of Islamic movements and thought. May God reward them all for their efforts and guide us along the right path.
Paris 21 Dhul Qaidah 1401 Salem Azzam
O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all aware.
WHEREAS the age-old human aspiration for a just world order wherein people could live, develop and prosper in an environment free from fear, oppression, exploitation and deprivation, remains largely unfulfilled;
WHEREAS the Divine Mercy unto mankind reflected in its having been endowed with super-abundant economic sustenance is being wasted, or unfairly or unjustly withheld from the inhabitants of the earth;
WHEREAS Allah (God) has given mankind through His revelations in the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of His Blessed Prophet Muhammad an abiding legal and moral framework within which to establish and regulate human institutions and relationships;
WHEREAS the human rights decreed by the Divine Law aim at conferring dignity and honour on mankind and are designed to eliminate oppression and injustice;
WHEREAS by virtue of their Divine source and sanction these rights can neither be curtailed, abrogated or disregarded by authorities, assemblies or other institutions, nor can they be surrendered or alienated;
Therefore we, as Muslims, who believe
Every person has the right to protection against harassment by official agencies. He is not liable to account for himself except for making a defence to the charges made against him or where he is found in a situation wherein a question regarding suspicion of his involvement in a crime could be reasonably raised
No person shall be subjected to torture in mind or body, or degraded, or threatened with injury either to himself or to anyone related to or held dear by him, or forcibly made to confess to the commission of a crime, or forced to consent to an act which is injurious to his interests.
Every person has the right to protect his honour and reputation against calumnies, groundless charges or deliberate attempts at defamation and blackmail.
Every person has the right to freedom of conscience and worship in accordance with his religious beliefs.
No property may be expropriated except in the public interest and on payment of fair and adequate compensation.
Islam honours work and the worker and enjoins Muslims not only to treat the worker justly but also generously. He is not only to be paid his earned wages promptly, but is also entitled to adequate rest and leisure.
Every person has the right to food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care consistent with the resources of the community. This obligation of the community extends in particular to all individuals who cannot take care of themselves due to some temporary or permanent disability.
Every person is entitled to the protection of his privacy.
Note: The Roman numerals refer to the topics in the text. The Arabic numerals refer to the Chapter and the Verse of the Qur'an, i.e. 5:32 means Chapter 5, Verse 32.
I 1 Qur'an Al-Maidah 5:32
II 4 Hadith narrated by Bukhari, Muslim
III 8 From the Prophet's address
IV 16 Qur'an An-Nisa 4:59
V 26 Hadith narrated by Bukhari, Muslim
VI 36 Qur'an Al Ahzab 33:58
VII 37 Hadith narrated by Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud, Tirmidhi, Nasai
VIII 39 From the Prophet's farewell address
IX 42 Qur'an At-Tawba 9:6
X 46 Qur'an Al Baqarah 2:256
XI 50 Qur'an As-Shura 42:38
XII 53 Qur'an Al-Ahzab 33:60-61
XIII 58 Qur'an Al Kafirun 109:6
XIV 59 Qur'an Yusuf 12:108
XV 63 Qur'an Al-Maidah 5:120
XVI 81 Qur'an Al Baqarah 2:188
XVII 85 Qur'an At-Tawbah 9:105
XVIII 92 Qur'an Al-Ahzab 33:6
XIX 93 Qur'an An-Nisa 4:1
XX 104 Qur'an At-Talaq 65:6
XXI 111 Qur'an Al-Isra 17:23-24
XXII 117 Hadith narrated by Muslim
XXIII 120 Qur'an Al-Mulk 67:15
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12/17/97: Dr. Yvonne Haddad, Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, about "Islam, Christianity and the West" (in English and Arabic)
12/14/97: Ambassador of Morocco, Mr. Mohammad bin Issa, about "The Political and Cultural Life of Morocco" (in Arabic)
12/10/97: Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Mohammed Al-Shaali, about "The Constitutional and Economic Experience of the United Arab Emirates" (in Arabic)
12/6/97: Dr. Ali A. Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton, about "Islamic Values, the Liberal Ethic and the West" (in English)
12/3/97: Dr. Ayman Al-Ouri, Director of the Washington Center for International Studies, about "Methods of Political Analysis" (in Arabic)
11/21/97: An Evening of Music and Poetry to Celebrate the THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF AL-HEWAR CENTER! (Holiday Inn in Tysons Corner, Virginia). Hosted by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani. Featuring Opening Words by Dr. Irfan Shahid, and Music and Poetry by Rose Debbas, Nohad Al-Hayek, Omar Al-Issa, Adel Kadi, Mike Maggio, Mohammad Al-Nye, Mohamed Said Ouafi, May Rihani, Mariam Qassem Saad, Fouad Tera, Fatima Bakr Younis
11/19/97: Dr. Victor Al-Zmeter, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Lebanon: "Thoughts about and instruction from existence of the Jewish State" [Arabic]
11/16/97: Ambassador of Syria, Mr. Walid Al-Mouallem: "The Syrian Perspective on the Current Situation in the Arab World" [Arabic]
11/12/97: Ambassador of Jordan, Dr. Marwan Al-Muasher: "The Peace Process and Democracy in Jordan" [Arabic]
11/5/97: Dr. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani, President, School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS): "The Elements Lacking in the Though and Actions of Modern Islamic Movements [Arabic]
10/29/97: Writer and professor, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb: "American Interests and Priorities in the Middle East" [Arabic]
10/22/97: Dr. George Irani and Mrs. Laurie King-Irani: Their new book Lessons from Lebanon: The Relevance of Acknowledgment, Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Resolution of Protracted Intercommunal Conflicts [Arabic]
10/15/97: Film: Jordanian Play "Welcome, New World Order" [Arabic]
10/13/97: President of the Algerian National Observatory of Human Rights, Mr. Kamal Razaq Barah: "Human Rights and the Democratic Process in Algeria" [Arabic]
10/12/97: Panel Discussion featuring Dr. John Duke Anthony; Dr. Clovis Maksoud; and Mr. Richard Curtiss: "U.S.-Arab Relations: Where They Are, Where They Are Going" [English]
10/8/97: Ambassador of Lebanon, Dr. Mohamad Chatah: "An Overview of the Internal and External Policies of the Lebanese Government" [Arabic]
10/5/97: Panel Discussion featuring Dr. Mamoun Fandy and Mr. Khalil Jahshan, with remarks by Ms. Houda Tawfiq and Mr. Sobhi Ghandour: "U.S.-Arab Relations: Where They Are, Where They Are Going," [Arabic]
10/1/97: Mr. Sadek Sulaiman, former Ambassador of Oman: "Arabs and the American Constitutional Experience" [Arabic]
9/28/97: Documentary: About The 27th Anniversary of Nasser's Death followed by an Open Discussion about Nasser's Legacy [Arabic]
9/26/97: Former Prime Minister of Algeria Mr. Abdelhamid Brahimi; former Secretary General of Hamas Algeria Dr. Sa'ad Mursi; and Secretary General for the Movement for Democracy in Algeria, Mr. Khalid bin Isma'il: Whither Algeria?" [Arabic]
9/24/97: Dr. Khalid Abdulla, Chief Representative of the League of Arab States: "After a Century of the Zionist Movement: What's to Come?" [Arabic]
9/17/97: Delegation of the following Members of the Parliament of Kuwait: Dr. Naser Jasim Al-Sana', Mr. Talal Othman Al-Sa'eed, and Dr. Hassan Abdullah Jawhar: [Arabic]
9/10/97: Dr. Nasr Mohammad ‘Arif, Visiting Professor from Cairo and Award-Winning Author: "The Sources of the Political Heritage of Islam" [Arabic]
9/3/97: Dr. Mohamad Mehdi, President of the National Arab and Muslim Council: "Lessons from an Arab's Experience in the United States" [Arabic]
8/27/97: Documentary Film by Bassem Musallam: "The Making of the Arabs" [English]
8/20/97: Palestinian Writer and Journalist Raji Habib Sahyoun: About His book, Lest We Forget [Arabic]
8/13/97: Mr. Mohamad Wahbi, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Hilal publications: "The Jewish Lobby in America" [Arabic]
8/6/97: Open Discussion: "The Situation in the Arab World Seven Years After the Invasion of Kuwait" [Arabic]
7/30/97: May Rihani: "The Thought and Writings of Ameen Rihani" [Arabic]
7/25/97: Panel discussion featuring Ambassador of Egypt Ahmed Maher Al-Sayed; Dr. Clovis Maksoud; Dr. Rushdi Said; Mr. Sadek Sulaiman. Moderated by Dr. Fawzi Heikal "45th Anniversary of Nasser's Revolution in Egypt" [Arabic]
7/23/97: Film: "Nasser ‘56" [Arabic]
7/16/97: Open Discussion and Documentary: "The United States and the Gulf" [Arabic]
7/11/97: Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA): "The Recent Congressional Vote on Jerusalem" [English]
7/9/97: Documentary Film by Mohammad Elsetouhi and Mohammad Thuruchad: About Terrorism in the United States [Arabic]
7/2/97: Special Evening: to resume the activities of Al-Hewar Center after a hiatus in June, and to celebrate the 8th Anniversary of Al-Hewar Magazine. Including a poetry reading. [Arabic]
5/28/97: Dr. George Younan, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Hakim Magazine published by the National Arab American Medical Association (AAMA ): "The Conflict Between Nationalism and Regionalism" [Arabic]
5/23/97: Special Event at the Holiday Inn in Tysons Corner, Virginia with Former Prime Minister of Sudan, Mr. Alsadeq Al-Mahdi: General Comments about the Arab World and Sudan
5/21/97: Member's Platform: Dr. Safei El Deen Hamed: "The Islamic Movement in North America" [Arabic]
5/19/97: Panel Discussion featuring Mr. Leslie L. Campbell, Middle East Regional Director for the National Democratic Institute; Ms. Laura Drake, Editor, Middle East Affairs Journal; and Dr. John Duke Anthony, President and CEO of the National Council on US-Arab Relations: "Impressions About the Yemeni Elections" [English]
5/18/97: Arabist Thinker and Writer, Dr. Nadim Al-Bitar: "The Decline of the Arab Intelligentsia" [Arabic]
5/14/97: Dr. Peter Gubser, President of ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid): "The Social and Humanitarian Situation in the Palestinian Lands" [English]
5/7/97: Dr. Rushdi Said, former member of the Egyptian Parliament: Realities and Illusions about the Current Situation in Egypt [Arabic]
5/5/97: Special Meeting for Members of Al-Hewar Center: To discuss ways to raise support for the Center [Arabic]
4/30/97: An Evening of Poetry organized by ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani [Arabic]
4/28/97: Special Meeting with the Head of the Union of Architects in Jordan, Mr. Leith Al-Shoubailat [Arabic]
4/23/97: Members Platform: Mr. Salem Omeish: "The Role of Foreign Investment in the Economies of Developing Countries" [Arabic]
4/18/97: Film: "Sayyed Darwish"- story of the famous nationalist Egyptian musician [Arabic]
4/16/97: Mr. Sam Husseini, ADC Media Director and Mr. Rafat Dajani, Director of the American Committee on Jerusalem: A special evening about Jerusalem in coordination with ADC. Featuring the video: "Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in Stone" [English]
4/11/97: Video and presentation by Dr. Hussein Shawwar from the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America: "The Meaning of Hajj - the Pilgrimage to Mecca" [Arabic & English]
4/9/97: Dr. Mohammad Zabarah and Dr. Abdo Al-Sharif, Visiting Professors from Sana'a University, with remarks by Mr. Ahmad Al-Kibsi, diplomat from Embassy of Yemen: "Expectations Regarding the Parliamentary Elections in Yemen" [Arabic]
4/5/97: Panel Discussion at The School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) in Leesburg, Virginia. Main paper presented by Dr. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani, President of SISS, with remarks by Dr. Clovis Maksoud, Mr. Sadek Sulaiman, Mr. Samir Karam, and Sobhi Ghandour. Event moderated by Dr. Khalid Abdulla, Chief Representative of Arab League: "The Consequences of Religious Divisions in the Arab World" [Arabic]
4/2/97: Dr. Philip Salem, Director of the Cancer Research Program at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas: "Arab-American Intellectuals: A New Opportunity and a New Challenge" [Arabic]
3/30/97: An Evening of Poetry and Music, featuring Qatari musician Omar Al-Issa [Arabic]
3/28/97: Film: "Naji Al-Ali," the life story of the famous Palestinian cartoonist [Arabic]
3/26/97: Member's Platform: Hassan Al-Talib and Nabil Al-Moufti: "Elements of Investment and Financial Planning" [Arabic]
3/23/97: Ms. Ramzia Abbas Al-Riyani: "The Literature of Yemeni Women Writers" [Arabic]
3/19/97: Dr. Nasser Mohammad ‘Arif, visiting professor from Cairo University to Georgetown University: "The Difference Between Civilization and Culture" [Arabic]
3/16/97: Dr. Suheil Bushrui, Director of the Kahlil Gibran Chair at the University of Maryland: "An Arab Looks at Himself" [English]
3/14/97: Mr. Victor Al-Zmeter, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Lebanon: "A Day of Solidarity with Lebanon: a Look at Israeli Intervention from the 1978 Invasion through the 1996 Qana Massacre: The Need to Implement UN Resolution 425" Featuring Documentary Films [Arabic]
3/12/97: Members' Platform: Dr. Wajih Maalouf, Agricultural Development Specialist: "Women and Rural Development" [Arabic]
3/9/97: Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Al-Bayoumi, former professor in Egypt and the United States: "The Risks of Asharq Awsatiya" [Arabic]
3/7/97: Film: "Tharthara Fawq Al-Nil,"a story by Nagib Mahfouz [Arabic & English]
3/5/97: Middle East Specialist Laura Drake: "Netanyahu: The First Year in Power" [English]
3/2/97: Open Discussion: "The Definition of Arab Unity" [Arabic]
2/26/97: Mr. David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Former The New York Times Foreign Correspondent: "Arab and Jew: The Psychology of Peace" [English]
2/24/97: Members' Platform: Mr. Bassam Haddad: "The Politics of Economic Reform in Late Developing Countries: A Middle Eastern Case" [Arabic]
2/19/97: Dr. Mohamad Finaish, Economic Consultant and former Executive Director at the IMF: "The Role of State in a Changing World Economy– The Case of Arab Countries" [Arabic]
2/17/97: Members' Platform: Dr. Hafez Fanous: "From Illness to Wellness to Wholeness" [English]
2/12/97: An Evening of Poetry and Music organized by Ms. Nahida Dajani [Arabic]
2/10/97: Members' Platform: Mr. Mounzer Sleiman: "A Critique of Samuel Harrington's Book, Clash of Civilizations" [Arabic]
2/5/97: Conversation about "Islam and Muslims in the United States" [Arabic]
2/3/97: Members' Platform: Mr. Asiddeq Al-Jarani: The American Libyan Friendship Association [Arabic]
1/29/97: Dr. John Duke Anthony, President of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations: "Perspectives on the Future of U.S.-Gulf Relations" [English]
1/27/97: Members' Platform: Mr. Al-Qassem Al-Wazir: "A Vision of Democracy" [Arabic]
1/24/97: Film: "Shaqa'ik el-Na'aman" by Duraid Lahham [Arabic]
1/22/97: Ambassador of Algeria Mr. Ramadan Alamamra: "The Question of Democracy in Algeria" [Arabic]
1/20/97: Members' Platform: Dr. Maurice Attiyeh: "The Digestive System: in Health and Sickness" [Arabic]
1/17/97: Film: "The Rainmaker" a Play by Duraid Lahham [Arabic]
1/15/97: Mr. Sobhi Ghandour, Publisher of Al-Hewar Magazine and Director of Al-Hewar Center: An Overview of the Thought of Distinguished Egyptian Arabist Thinker and Writer, Dr. Esmat Saif Al-Dowla [Arabic]
1/13/97: Members' Platform: Mr. Sadek Sulaiman: "The Connection Between Truth and Honesty" [Arabic]
1/12/97: Kais Al Kalby, Islamic thinker: "Historical Facts About the Holy Land" [Arabic]
1/8/97: Dr. Khaled Abdallah, Chief Representative of the League of Arab States to the United States: Economic Development: Purpose and Meaning [Arabic]
1/6/97: Special Meeting for Al-Hewar Center Members: Review of previous year's events and suggestions for the upcoming year [Arabic]
12/13/98: CELEBRATION OF THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF AL-HEWAR CENTER! Featuring a buffet dinner at Kan Zaman restaurant (Arabian House Cafe), music by Omar Al-Issa, poetry by Youssef Abdul-Samad and Fuad Tera, and speeches by Sobhi Ghandour, Dr. Mohammad Finaish, Dr. Khalid Abdullah and Mr. Abdullah Hassan. Hosted by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani.
12/9/98: A conversation with President of American University's Center for the Global South, Dr. Clovis Maksoud and President of the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS) Dr. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani, about "Where is the problem... in the thoughts or in the thinkers?" (in Arabic)
12/6/98: Discussion, in English, with lawyer Dr. Albert Mokhiber about "Personal and Public Experiences as an Activist Arab American"; followed by a Youth Meeting (ages 20s & 30s) (in English and Arabic)
12/2/98:A discussion with Dr. Osama Zaki, Director of the Cultural and Educational Bureau of the Egyptian Embassy about "Current Challenges Facing Arabic Culture" (in Arabic)
11/25/98: A conversation with geologist and former member of the Egyptian parliament, Dr. Rushdi Said about "Water Disputes in the Middle East" (in Arabic)
11/18/98: A conversation with Ambassador of Syria Walid Al-Moualem, about "Syria and Regional Developments" (in Arabic)
11/11/98: A conversation with Ambassador Nadzib Sacirbey, Ambassador-at-Large for Bosnia-Herzegovina, about "The Renewed Conflict in the Balkans." To be moderated by Mr. Khaled Saffuri, Executive Director of the Islamic Institute in Washington, D.C. (in English)
11/8/98: A conversation with Dr. Hisham Sharabi, about "The Future of the Palestinian Question" (in Arabic)
11/4/98: An open discussion about "The Relationship Between Theories and Practice... Making Goals and Achieving Them" (in Arabic)
11/1/98: An Evening of Music and Poetry prepared by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani (in Arabic).
11/1/98: Special Meeting for Arab Youth (ages 20s & 30s) (in Arabic and English)
10/29/98: A conversation with Mr. Camille Nowfel, former State Department interpreter, about "Memories and Impressions about Arab Leaders Meetings with Five American Presidents" (in Arabic)
10/27/98: A conversation with Dr. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute (AAI), about "The Role of Arab Americans in the Upcoming Elections." To be moderated by Mr. Jamil Shami (in English)
10/21/98: A conversation with Thinker and Writer, Mr. Kassem bin Ali Al-Wazir and Mr. Hesham N. Reda, Washington Office Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) about "Conclusions for Arabs About the Challenges of the Twentieth Century" (in Arabic) and Mr. Hesham N. Reda, Washington Office Director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) about "Conclusions for Arabs About the Challenges of the Twentieth Century" (in Arabic)
10/14/98: A conversation with Mr. Mohammad Othman Abu-Bakr, writer and former leader of the Eritrean Liberation Front about "The Current Struggles in the Horn of Africa" (in Arabic)
10/7/98: A conversation with Dr. Shafiq Ghabra, writer, professor and new Director of the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, about "Kuwait and the Palestinian Issue" (in Arabic)
10/2/98: Film: "Bayni wa Bayniq" ("Between You and Me"), humanitarian documentary about Beirut after the civil war as seen through the eyes of two sisters, one who emigrated and one who stayed. By Dima Al-Jundi. Moderated by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani (in Arabic)
9/30/98: Open Discussion about "The Current Situation in Lebanon and the Upcoming Presidential Election" with comments by Ambassador of Lebanon Dr. Mohamad Chatah (in Arabic)
9/27/98: A point-of-view about Gamal Abdul Nasser's Era by Sobhi Ghandour, publisher of Al-Hewar Magazine (in Arabic)
9/23/98: Open Discussion about "Possible Alternatives to the Oslo Accords" (in Arabic)
9/20/98: Conversation with lawyer and civil rights activist Houeida Saad about "The State of Civil Rights of the Arab and Muslim Communities in America" (in English)
9/17/98: Conversation with Sir Cyril Townsend, Director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding and former Member of the British House of Commons, about "A European Look at the Palestinian Problem and Arab Israeli Conflict." Moderated by Dr. Clovis Maksoud (in English)
9/16/98: Conversation with Reverend Fuad H. Khouri, Pastor at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. about "Arab Christians and Arabism" (in Arabic)
9/13/98: Meeting for Young Adults (20s and 30s) (in Arabic)
9/9/98: Conversation with Mr. Ibrahim Al-Wazir, Yemeni Islamic Thinker, about "The Role of Immigrants in Bringing About the Arab and Islamic Renaissance" (in Arabic)
9/2/98: Evening of Literature and Culture with Dr. Yehyia Al-Masri, head of the Arabic Department at the Islamic Saudi Academy in Northern Virginia (in Arabic)
8/26/98: Open discussion about the current violence in Africa and the Middle East (in Arabic)
7/22/98: Conversation with Ambassador of Bahrain Dr. Mohammad Abdul-Ghaffar about "The Question of Identity in the Arab World" (in Arabic)
7/15/98: A Conversation with Mr. Turki Alshabanah, President of Arab Network of America (ANA), and Ab Al-Masri and Thabet El-Berdicy of ANA about "The Experience of ANA and its Role in the Community" (in Arabic)
7/12/98: Special Meeting for Young Adults (20s&30s) about "The Role of Young Adults in the Community" (in Arabic)
7/8/98: A Conversation with Mr. Bassam Estwani, President of Dar Al-Hijra Mosque in Northern Virginia, about "An Islamic Point of View About Diversity of Opinions" (in Arabic)
7/1/98: Open discussion about "Building A Better Arab Society" with an introduction by Mr. Sadek Sulaiman (in Arabic)
6/24/98: An open discussion about "Communicating Across Cultures: Arabs and Americans" (in Arabic)
6/20/98: Film: "Salah El-Deen (Saladin)" the story of the liberator of Jerusalem from the Crusaders (in Arabic)
6/17/98: A conversation with Mr. Mazhar Samman, Vice President of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, about "Improving the Balance of Trade Between the Arab World and the United States" (in Arabic)
6/10/98: Meeting to Mark the Beginning of the Tenth Year of Publishing Al-Hewar Magazine and The Arab American Dialogue followed by a Documentary film about Gamal Abdul Nasser and the 1967 War (in Arabic)
6/7/98: Special meeting for Arab and Arab-American Young Adults (20's and 30's) to get to know each other and to have a dialogue about your common interests and your vision for the future (in Arabic)
6/3/98: Conversation with Chief Representative of the Arab League Dr. Khalid Abdulla about "Arabs... and the Relation Between the United States and Israel." Also: a short documentary about the 1967 War and the bombing of the U.S. ship "Liberty," prepared by MBC TV correspondent Mr. Aziz Fahmy (in Arabic)
5/27/98: A panel discussion about "The Role of Arab American Organizations Regarding Jerusalem and Palestine," featuring Dr. Hala Salam Maksoud (in Arabic)
5/23/98: Film: "Four Women of Egypt," directed by Tahani Rached.
5/20/98: A panel discussion regarding "How to Address the Issues of Jerusalem and Palestine to the American Public," featuring Mr. Richard Curtiss, Dr. Murhaf Jouejati and Mr. Ra'afat Dajani (in English)
5/13/98: Discussion about "The Palestinian Issue and the Future of the Peace Process," featuring Dr. Ahmed Youssef (in Arabic)
5/10/98: An Evening of Poetry About Jerusalem and Palestine, prepared by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani (in Arabic)
5/6/98: A conversation with writer and lecturer Mr. Alexander Kronemer, about "Building Bridges of Understanding Between Islam and America", followed by remarks by Islamic scholar Dr. Fathi Osman (in English)
5/2/98: Film: "Al-Masseer" directed by Youssef Shaheen (in Arabic). Compliments of Al-Hikmah Bookstore.
4/9/98.: A conversation with Dr. Saad H. Al-Adwani, Director-General of The Islamic Saudi Academy, about "Why Teach Arabic Culture in the United States? (in Arabic)
4/26/98: A conversation with Dr. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani, President of the School of Islamic and Social Sciences (SISS), about "Definitions of Civil Society" (in Arabic)
4/22/98: A conversation with Dr. Rushdi Said about "The Coptic church and the Question of Jerusalem" (in Arabic)
4/15/98: A conversation with Ambassador of Lebanon Dr. Mohamad Chatah, about "Twenty Years After the First Israeli Invasion of Lebanon" (in Arabic)
4/8/98: A conversation with Dr. Mohamad Finaish, former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), about "The Economic Crisis in Asia" (in Arabic)
4/1/98: Open Discussion about "Elements of Improvement and of Decline in the Arab World Today" (in Arabic)
3/29/98: An Evening of Poetry with Dr. Anis Obeid and Mr. Yussef Abdul Samad. Prepared by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani (in Arabic)
3/25/98: A Conversation with Dr. Karim Crow, professor at American University in Washington, about "Islamic Views on Intelligence and Wisdom." (in English and Arabic)
3/18/98: A Conversation with Dr. Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League Ambassador, about his experiences in India. Moderated by current Chief Representative of the Arab League in Washington, Dr. Khalid Abdulla (in Arabic)
3/15/98.: A Conversation with Dr. Suheil Bushrui, Director of the Kahlil Gibran Chair at the University of Maryland, about "Arab American Cultural Relations: The Achievement of Ameen Rihani." Moderated by Ms. May Rihani (in English)
3/11/98: Film: Turkish movie "Nour Al-Iman" (dubbed into Arabic)
3/4/98: A Conversation with Mr. Salem Omeish, former Economist in the World Bank, with "A Spotlight on the economic issues in the 'Neighbors in One World' Report" (in Arabic)
2/25/98: A Conversation with Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, about "Muslims and the Challenges of the 21st Century: Information Technology in the New World Order" (in English)
2/18/98: A Conversation with Ambassador of Egypt, Mr. Ahmed Maher El-Sayed about "The Situation in the Middle East" (in Arabic)
2/11/98: A Conversation with legal expert, Dr. Fethalla Al-Meswari, about "The Relationship Between the International Court of Justice and the Security Council in the Light of the Lockerbie Case" (in Arabic), followed by a discussion with a special delegation from the Algerian Parliament representing different parties from both the government and the opposition, about the situation in Algeria.
2/8/98: A Conversation with Mrs. Raba al-Sadr Charafeddine, Director of Mu'assasat al-Sadr in Beirut; Mr. Jawdat Sa'id, Syrian author; and Dr. Su'ad al-Hakim, professor at the Lebanese University in Beirut, about "The Islamic Definition of Peace and Violence" (in Arabic)
2/4/98: A Conversation with Dr. Abdullah Bouhabib, Chief of External Affairs for the Middle East and North Africa Unit of the World Bank about "The World Bank and the Economic Situation in the Arab World" (in Arabic)
2/1/98: An Evening of Poetry prepared by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani (in Arabic)
1/28/98: Film: a play in Arabic
1/24/98: Evening with the Egyptian Satellite Channel prepared by Mr. Abbas Metwalli (in Arabic)
1/21/98: A Conversation with writer and journalist Mr. Samir Karam, about "The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Jewish Lobby" (in Arabic)
1/17/98: Film from Al-Jazeera TV: Debate between Kuwaiti former Minister Dr. Ahmed Al-Rabai and Iraqi newspaper Editor-in-Chief Mr. Salah Al-Moukhtar about "Iraq and Relations with the Arab World" (in Arabic)
1/14/98: A Conversation with Mr. Sadek Sulaiman about "A Look at the Future Through the Lessons of Modern Arab History" (in Arabic)
1/10/98: An Evening of Literature from Morocco with Mr. Mohamed Said Ouafi (in Arabic)
1/7/98: A Conversation with Ambassador of Algeria, Mr. Ramtane Lamamra, about "Ending the Crisis in Algeria, the Dynamic Process Underway" (in Arabic)
1/3/98.: An Evening of Literature from Libya with Mr. Abdullah Hassan (in Arabic)
12/7/99: Panel discussion about "The Arab Nationalist Movement in the 1950's and the Islamic Awakening in the 1980's: Remarks and Conclusions," featuring Dr. Taha Jaber Alalwani, Dr. Clovis Maksoud, and Mr. Sadek Sulaiman with remarks by Chief Representative of the Arab League Dr. Khalid Abdulla (in Arabic).
12/1/99: A conversation with former Lebanese Ambassador Dr. Mohamad Chatah about "The Lebanese Economy - Now and in the Future" (in Arabic).
11/17/99: A conversation with Dr. Nasr Aref, professor of political science from Cairo University, about "The Freedom of Thought in the Muslim World" (in Arabic).
11/14/99: A conversation with Mr. Mohammed Abu-Ali, financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, about "Investing with Ease: Will You Achieve Your Financial Dreams?" (Presentation and Discussion in English and Arabic).
10/22/99: Discussion with Dr. Mona Abul-Fadl, Chair of Women's Studies at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS), about "Tradition and the Contemporary Arab Woman" (in Arabic). Followed by an open discussion with Six Members of The Legal Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council (a special project sponsored by the West Bank/Gaza Mission of USAID).
10/19/99: - A conversation with Dr. Taghreed Aqudsi, professor of Library and Information Systems at the Kuwait University and visiting professor at the University of Maryland, about "Literature for Arab Children and Young Adults."
10/12/99: - A conversation about "What The Community Wants from Arab and Muslim Organizations" with Dr. Hala Maksoud, President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and Mr. Aly Ramadan Abouzakouk, Executive Director of the American Muslim Council (AMC) (in Arabic).
9/29/99: Panel Discussion about "Arab Solidarity During Gamal Abdul Nasser's Era" (in Arabic).
9/22/99: Panel Discussion about "How to Approach the Issue of Jerusalem with Americans" (in English and Arabic), featuring Khalid Turaani, director of American Muslims for Jerusalem, and Khalid El-Gindi, from the American Committee for Jerusalem.
9/17/99: An evening of poetry with Dr. Anis Obeid reading from his new book of poetry "Sada Assineen (The Echo of the Years)" (in Arabic).
9/1/99: "A Point-of-View About the Upcoming Presidential Election in Yemen" with Mr. Mohammad Ghaleb Ahmad, a representative of the Social party (in Arabic).
8/30/99: Special event organized in coordination with ANA TV about "The U.S.-Arab Community: What it Means to Come from Different Countries with a Single Culture to One Country with Numerous Cultures" (in Arabic). Broadcast live on ANA TV with a studio audience and call-in participation on Abbas Metwalli's show.
8/4/99: Open Discussion on "Expectations about the Middle East Peace Process", including opinions by Palestinian writer, Dr. Fowzi Al-Asmar, Saudi writer Dr. Anwar Al-Ashqi, and Egyptian writer Dr. Hassan Wajih. Moderated by Chief Representative of the Arab League Dr. Khalid Abdulla (in Arabic).
7/17/99: Panel discussion about "Elements of an Arab Renaissance," featuring a main paper by Dr. Taha Jaber Al-Alwani and comments by Dr. Clovis Maksoud, Mr. Sadek Sulaiman, and Dr. Khalid Abdullah (in Arabic). (Held at The School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia)
7/11/99: A conversation with lawyers Houeida Saad and Dev Kayal about "Legal Issues Concerning Arab Americans: Immigration and Civil Rights" (in English)
6/30/99: A conversation with Dr. Shafeeq Al-Ghabra, Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University, about "Impressions about the Political Life of Kuwait and its Upcoming Elections" (in Arabic)
6/23/99: A conversation with Dr. Sami Hamarneh about "Medicine During the Arab Golden Age" (in Arabic)
6/16/99: An Evening of Music and Poetry to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Al-Hewar Magazine (in Arabic)
6/9/99: Panel discussion about "How the Arab World Can Handle Regional and International Challenges" (in Arabic)
6/2/99: A conversation with the New Ambassador of Lebanon, Dr. Farid Abboud about "The Current Situation in Lebanon" (in Arabic)
4/28/99: Social gathering on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Al-Hewar Magazine and conversation with a delegation from some Arab countries invited by the United States Information Agency
4/21/99: A conversation with Ambassador of Egypt Ahmed Maher El-Sayed, about "Egypt and the Current Situation in the Arab World" (in Arabic)
4/18/99: Young Adult Meeting (for ages 20s & 30s), followed by a conversation with political science professor and media expert, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, about "The Technology Revolution and its Effects on the Arab Media" (English and Arabic). Followed by a Screening of "Nahr el-Hayat," a short film produced, directed and performed by Arab Americans in Washington, D.C.
4/14/99: Open discussion about "Does Our Arab Identity Clash with Our Other Identities?" (in Arabic)
4/11/99: A conversation with Islamic Scholar, Dr. Fathi Osman, about "A Point-of-View About Islam and Democracy" [Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) in Washington, D.C]. Followed by an open discussion about "The Situation in Kosova." (in Arabic)
4/7/99: A conversation with Dr. Mohamad Finaish, former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), about "The International Financial Crisis: Developing Countries' Policies and Prospects" (in Arabic)
3/31/99: A conversation with Dr. Fowzi Al-Asmar and Dr. Kamal Khaldi about "The Palestinian State and the Upcoming Israeli Elections" (in Arabic)
3/24/99: A conversation with Dr. Ahmed El Bashir, professor at the University of the District of Columbia, about "American-Sudanese Relations: Terrorism and Sanctions" (in Arabic)
3/21/99: A conversation with Ambassador of Jordan, Dr. Marwan Muasher, about "Jordan After King Hussein" (in Arabic)
3/17/99: An open discussion about "Ethnic Conflicts in the Arab World" (in Arabic)
3/15/99: Special evening about the "First Israeli Invasion of Lebanon (1978) and UN Security Council Resolution 425" with Dr. Victor El-Zmeter, Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Lebanon (in Arabic)
3/8/99: Open Informal gathering for members to get acquainted.
3/7/99: An Evening of Music and Poetry prepared by Ms. Nahida Fadli Dajani (in Arabic)
3/3/99: A conversation with Dr. Suheil Bushrui, author of the new book Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet, about "The Permanency of Kahlil Gibran." To be moderated and with an introduction by poet Mariam Qasem El Saad. (Event in English)
3/1/99: Open Informal gathering for members to get acquainted.
2/24/99: A conversation with Mr. Hashim El-Tinay, Sudanese writer and expert on international relations, about "International Relations at the Dawn of a New Millenium: Myth and Reality" (in Arabic)
2/17/99: Open discussion about "The Arabs: A Date with -or Passing Out of- History?" (in Arabic)
2/10/99: Conversation with Ambassador Mohammed Al-Shaali, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates with "Remarks About the Current Situation in the Gulf" (in Arabic)
2/3/99: A conversation with Dr. Mohammed A. Zabarah, professor at Sanaa University, aand Dr. Abdu H. Sharif, visiting scholar at American University in Washington, D.C., about "Yemen and the Gulf States: Continuity and Change" (in Arabic)
1/27/99: A conversation with conflict resolution specialists, Ms. Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah and Mr. Amr Abdallah about "Conflict Resolution: The Culture Conflict Nexus" (in English)
1/20/99: A conversation with Dr. Abdul Jabbar Al-Obeidi, former professor of history at Baghdad, Kuwait and Zawia Universities, about "An Evaluation of the Islamic and Arabic Heritage and Conclusions for the Future" (in Arabic)
1/13/99: A conversation with Dr. Mounir Nasser, former professor of media at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, about "The Role and Realities of the Palestinian Media" (in Arabic)
1/9/99: "Sahra Ramadania" with an open discussion about the current situation in the Arab world (in Arabic)
1/6/99: Social gathering including a presentation by internist Dr. Maurice Atiyeh about "Prevention and Health" (in Arabic)