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Stratfor analyst - Al Muhajiroun spokesman Kamran Bokhari "concerns about presence of Al Qaeda on US soil have been reinforced"

July 20, 2006

Kamran Bokhari - Al Muhajiroun spokesman and self proclaimed "post Islamist" promotes his radical agenda as strategic analyst employed by Stratfor. http://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/terrorintelreport.php

Qaeda Networks: Concerns and Probabilities

November 05, 2004 2217 GMT

By Kamran Bokhari

Concerns about the possible presence of an al Qaeda network on U.S. soil -- which have persisted since the events of Sept. 11, 2001 -- have been reinforced this year by the March 11 train bombings in Madrid and waves of arrests in the months since then in numerous European countries. It is logical to assume that some or many of the suspected militants -- who have been swept up in raids in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Norway -- if they are indeed terrorists, may not necessarily be al Qaeda members, but could belong to other militant groups or be merely lone radicals reacting to the widely held notion that Washington is waging a war against Islam and Muslims.

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MIM: Bokhari's Stratfor assessment of the US presence of Al Qaeda,where he refers to the arrests of Islamists "if they are indeed terrorists" and calls others "suspected militants" while downplaying the danger as being from "merely lone radicals" is similiar to his defense of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the Southwest Missouri State University student paper.

In 1999 Kamran Bokhari, then a student at SMSU, and self proclaimed spokesman for Al Muhajiroun- responded to an article in the SMSU Standard entitled "Terrorism a Threat to Society" with the piece, "Freedom Fighters Now Being called' Terrorists '", writing;

"I am quite amazed at how fighting occupation forces can be convienently and arbitrarily dubbed as terrorism". If this is the case ,then Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin, could be considered terrorists by the U.S. government"... "As a Muslim, I am concerned that through this "Get Ussamah Bin Ladin" campaign, the U.S. government is trying to distort and obscure reality".http://www.southweststandard.com/93-21/f2.html

MIM: Bokhari now has a Post Islamist website http://www.post-islamist.info/

Curriculum Vitae
Kamran Asghar Bokhari

Personal

Work Phone: (202) 349-1747; Mobile Phone: (512) 825-8385; Fax: (202) 429-8655

E mail: bokhari@stratfor.com or kbokhari@howard.edu or Kamran_A_Bokhari@yahoo.com

Education

- Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Howard University, Washington D.C. Enrolled in third semester.

- MA in Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, TX. Completing thesis entitled ‘The Construction of Islamist Thought & Identity in Pakistan: Contemporary Readings of Medieval Islamic Political Discourse'.

- Masters of International Affairs & Administration (MIAA), Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) in Springfield, MO with comparative political systems as my cognate field, and completed a thesis entitled ‘Islam & Democracy in the Context of the Contemporary Islamic Political Resurgence'.

- Bachelor of Science, majoring in political science with a minor in international relations from Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) in Springfield, MO.

- Attended Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), Springfield, MO from January-1996 to December-1996 and completed 17 credit hours of general education courses.

- Attended the City College of the City University of New York (CCNY) from January l991 to May-l995. Initially started as an electrical engineering major but later switched to political science and completed 68 credit hours.

- Attended the Federal Government Post Graduate College, Islamabad, Pakistan for one year in pursuit of the degree of Bachelor of Science with the Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics as the major combination from September 1989 to October l990.

Honors/Awards/Grants

- $13,000.00 Fellowship awarded by the Department of Political Science, Howard University for the academic year 2003-04, with tuition remission.

- $100.00 travel grant awarded to attend the 35th Annual MESA conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on November 24-26, 2002.

- $150.00 travel grant from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin to present research paper in a panel entitled ‘State-Society Relations and Democratization' at the 31st annual conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists held at the American University, Washington, D.C.

- Teaching Assistantship awarded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin for the 2002-03 academic year.

- Graduate Research Assistantship awarded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas for the Summer-2002 semester.

- $150.00 honorarium awarded by the Center for Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin for presentation at Teacher's Summer Institute 2002 in July, 2002.

- $200.00 travel grant from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin to present research paper at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) held on April 6-7, 2002 in Arlington, VA.

- Teaching Assistantship awarded by the Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin for Spring-2002 semester.

- Graduate Research Assistantship awarded by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas for the Fall-2001 semester.

- Graduate Research Assistantship awarded by the Department of Political Science, Southwest Missouri State University for the Summer-2001 semester.

- $500 Masters Thesis Research Grant awarded by the Graduate College, SMSU in recognition of scholarly achievements and research proposal in November 2000 used toward expenses related with field trip to the United Kingdom from May 21-28 to conduct interviews of exiled dissident Islamist leaders in connection with MA thesis.

- $800 travel grant from Southwest Missouri State University to present paper at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) held on April 7, 2001 at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

- $400.00 travel grant awarded by the Graduate College & Department of Political Science, Southwest Missouri State University to present research paper at s29th annual conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists held at Georgetown University in October 2000.

- $2000 grant from the Public Affairs Grants Commission and the Student Organization and Funding Allocation Council at Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) to organize an open to the public symposium entitled "Islam & the West" consisting of talks on Islam and democracy & Universal Human Rights delivered by guest speakers.

- Graduate Assistantship (Teaching/Research) awarded by Department of Political Science, SMSU for the academic year August 2000-01.

Professional Experience

Summer 2003 – Present

Geo-Political Analyst covering the Middle East, South & Central Asia with Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor.com), Washington, D.C. Have written some 85 articles, since I began with the company in May 2003.

Media Appearances:

- January 5, 2004. Interviewed by Voice of America's Brent Hurd for a special report on its program ‘Focus' entitled ‘Pakistan's President Musharraf under Fire'.

- December 24, 2003. Interviewed by the Dubai based al-Arabiyya satellite channel regarding the issue of the twin assassination attempts on Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf.

- October 16, 2003. Interviewed by radio station in Christchurch New Zealand on the issue of Saudi charity al-Haramain Islamic foundation's alleged links to al-Qaeda.

Spring 2004

Graduate assistant in the Department of Political Science, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Fall 2003

Graduate assistant in the Department of Political Science, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Summer 2003:

Adjunct Professor, Department of Government, Austin Community College, Austin, TX. Taught a nine-week course entitled ‘Introduction to United States Government' during the summer semester.

Spring 2003:

Teaching assistant in the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Assigned to the following two upper division courses:

- MES 322K/HIS 364G: From Ottoman Provinces to Authoritarian States: The Formation of Modern Iraq & Syria - MES 331C/HIS 331C: History of the Ottoman Empire

Fall 2002:

Teaching assistant in the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Assigned to an introductory course on the Middle East consisting of 75 students.

Summer 2002:

Graduate research assistant in the resource center of the Center for Middle East Studies, The University of Texas, Austin, TX. Maintained library and video/DVD collection.

Spring 2002:

Teaching assistant in the Department of Asian Studies, The University of Texas, Austin, TX. Assigned to a second semester Urdu language course. Taught class twice a week, graded homework assignments daily, and periodic proctored exams.

Fall 2001:

Graduate research assistant in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas, Austin, TX. Maintained, catalogued, and organized the Center's slide collection.

Summer-2001:

Graduate assistant in the Department of Political Science, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. Assisted the department head with research regarding the potential membership of eastern European states in the European Union.

Fall-2000/Spring 2001:

Graduate assistant (teaching/research) in the Department of Political Science, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. Assigned to two faculty members and assisted with following courses:

- PLS 101: Lectured on ‘US foreign policy' in 2 different sections of this Introduction to American Government course and on ‘freedom of expression' with respect to flag burning and school prayer issues in the honors section of the same course. Also, proctored exams finals in 3 different sections of this course.

- PLS 205: Lectured on the Islamic political system in this comparative politics course and assisted instructor in preparing exam questions and proctored the final exam.

- PLS 251: Graded a series of 10 writing assignments in this public law course entitled Foundations of Public Law throughout the semester.

- PLS 451: Proctored exams in this public law course entitled ‘Criminal Law and its Enforcement'.

- PLS 519: Graded writing assignments in this public law course entitled ‘Individual Freedoms in the American Constitutional System'. Also, assisted one professor with research on Hizb al-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party), and another with the monitoring of the 2000 gubernatorial race between former Senator John Ashcroft and former Governor Mel Carnahan for the Missouri senate seat.

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

- Member, American Political Science Association (APSA) - Member, Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA). - Member, Association of Asian Studies (AAS) - Fellow, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) - General Secretary, Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) Publications [Book Chapters/Journal Articles/Book Reviews/Op-Ed Pieces] - Contemporary Islamist Political Thought in Central Asia, in an edited volume entitled The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought, edited by Ibrahim Abu-Rabi‘ (in progress).

- Book chapter on Pakistan, co-authored with Dr. Muqtedar Khan, Director of International Studies and the Chairman of the Department of Political Science, Adrian College, Adrian, MI in Issues in Major Islamic Nations: A Reference Guide edited by Kathryn M. Coughlin published by Greenwood Publishing Group. (forthcoming).

- A Divided Epistemic Community & Political Islam: A Constructivist Approach to Understanding the Making of United States Foreign Policy, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Volume 19: Issue 3), The Association of Muslim Social Scientists & The International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA.

- The Social & Ideological Roots of Jihadism: A Constructivist Understanding to Non-State Actors. Middle East Affairs Journal (MEAJ) (Volume 8: Issue 3-4), United Association of Studies and Research (UASR), Annandale, VA.

- The Raison d'être of Pakistan: A Constructivist Rendering of Partition, Studies in Contemporary Islam, Center for Islamic Studies, Youngstown State University. (under review)

- Book review of Challenges to Democracy in the Middle East by William Harris et al. Markus Weinner Publishers, Princeton, NJ. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (Volume 19: Issue 1), The Association of Muslim Social Scientists & The International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA.

- Book review of Social Justice in Islam, by Sayyid Qutb. Translated by John B. Hardie. Translation Revised and Introduction by Hamid Algar, Islamic Publications International, 2000. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin (Vol 35: Issue 1-Summer 2001).

- Book review of Foreign Policy in a Constructed World ed. Vendulka Kubalkova. M.E. Sharpe, Inc. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences , The Association of Muslim Social Scientists & The International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, VA (forthcoming).

- Book review of The Armed Forces of Pakistan. Pervaiz I. Cheema. New York University Press, 2002. Studies in Contemporary Islam, Center for Islamic Studies, Youngstown State University (in progress).

- Book review of Ideological Foundations of Pakistan. Sharif al-Mujahid. International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1999. Studies in Contemporary Islam, Center for Islamic Studies, Youngstown State University (in progress).

- Book review of American Muslims: Bridging faith & Freedom, by M.A. Muqtedar Khan, Amana Publications, 2001. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin (in progress).

- Article entitled Is Democracy Disbelief? in the December 2003 issue of the monthly periodical Q-News, London, U.K.

- Op-Ed piece entitled ‘Labeling All Political Violence Terrorism' dangerous, published in the September 29, 2002 edition of Springfield News-Leader, Springfield, MO.

-Op-Ed piece entitled Border Patrol Won't Stop Terrorist Raids, published in the June 23, 2002 edition of Springfield News-Leader, Springfield, MO.

- Op-Ed piece entitled Pakistan Should Be One to Lead Way Toward Peace, published in the May 31st 2002 edition of the daily Houston Chronicle.

- Op-Ed piece entitled Freedom Fighters Now Being Called Terrorists, published in the Southwest Standard, February-1999.

- Op-Ed piece entitled Saddam Hussein & US Aggression in Iraq, published in the Springfield Newsleader, September-1996.

Seminar/Conference Presentations

- November 6-8, 2003: Rescuing Islamic Political Theory from the Jihadist Ideology, a panel proposal accepted for presentation at the 37th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Anchorage, AL.

- September 26-28, 2003: Islamist Political Thought: Incorporating Medieval Islamic [Eastern] Political Philosophy in Modern [Western] Democratic Discourse, a paper presented at 32 Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), University of Indian, Bloomington, IN.

- August 28-31, 2003: Islam and Democratic Political Theory, invited to chair this panel presentation at the 99th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), Philadelphia, PA.

- August 23, 2003: Neo-Conservatism & Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalism: The Twin Ideological Pillars of the Bush (43)Administration, a research paper to be presented in a panel entitled ‘The Impact of the Religious Right and Conservative Zionists on Global Peace' at the 3rd Regional Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS), University of Texas at Arlington.

- July 4-6, 2003: Roadmap to Maintaining Muslim Civil Liberties: Working with the Progressive Forces, a research paper to be presented in a panel entitled ‘The American Muslim Community's Role in Protecting American Civil Liberties' at the 7th Annual ‘Islam in America' organized by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Dallas, TX.

- May 16-17, 2003: From Classical to Contemporary Sources: Understanding Islamic Notions of Political Authority, Legitimacy, and Islamic Governance, a panel presentation at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Washington, D.C.

- May 2-3, 2003: U.S. Muslims: Between Assimilation and Isolation, a research paper accepted for presentation in panel entitled ‘Challenges Faced by Muslim Minorities in Non-Muslim States' at the 20th annual conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies to be held at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. The theme of the conference is Islam and Minorities: Religious Freedom in the Muslim World and the West.

- November 2-3, 2002: Jihad & Jihadism: A Rendition of Militant Transnational Non-State Actors, a research paper presented in a panel entitled ‘Political Violence and the Nature and Causes of Terrorism' at a Seminar on Jihad, Peace, & Conflict Resolution hosted by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

- October 25-27, 2002: Civil Society in the Islamist Discourse & Democratization in the Muslim World, a research paper presented in a panel entitled ‘State-Society Relations and Democratization' at the 31st annual conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists held at the American University, Washington, D.C.

- October 11, 2002: Jihadism and Terrorism, a research paper accepted for presentation in a panel entitled ‘The Threat of Terrorism to the First and Third World' at the 25th annual Third World Studies Conference held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE.

- July 6, 2002: The Islamophobia of the Christian Right, a research paper presented in a panel entitled ‘Threats to American Muslims and their Constitutional Rights' at the 6th Annual ‘Islam in America' organized by the Islamic Society of North America at the Holiday Int'l Hotel at Chicago's O'Hare Int'l Airport.

- June 6, 2002: Political Islam in South Asia, a presentation delivered at the Summer Teaching Institute 2002 entitled On War and Peace: Teaching About World Conflict organized by the area studies centers at the University of Texas at Austin.

- April 6-7, 2002: The Social and Ideological Roots of Jihadism: A Constructivist Approach to Understanding Armed Transnational Non-State Actors, a research paper presented at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy held in Arlington, VA.

- October 26-28, 2001: Terrorism & the Jihadist Approach Towards Islamic Revival, a paper accepted for presentation in a panel entitled ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution' at the 30th annual conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists held in collaboration with Georgetown University's Muslims in the Public Square Project (MAPS) at the University of Michigan in Dearborn, MI (Did not attend in the wake of 9/11).

- October 4-6, 2001: Islamic Movements & Democracy, a paper accepted for presentation in a panel entitled ‘New Directions in Political Islam'. Also, a second paper presentation on "The Diverse Nature of the Global Islamic Movement, in the panel on ‘Secular and Religious Ideologies in the Islamic World' at the 24th annual Third World Studies conference held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Did not attend in the wake of 9/11).

- April 28, 2001: Islam & Democracy, a presentation of MA thesis research in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum organized by the Graduate College, Southwest Missouri State University.

- April 7, 2001: Islamist Attitudes Towards Democracy, a research paper presented at a panel ‘Democracy in Practice, and Islam in Context' at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) to be held at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. on Saturday April 7, 2001. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Institute for Global Cultural Studies, and the International Institute for Islamic Thought. The theme of the conference is ‘Islam, Democracy, And The Secularist State In The Post-Modern Era'.

- October 14, 2000: The Diverse Nature of the Global Islamic Movements, A research paper presented in a panel entitled ‘Multi-Culturalism, Civil Society, and Islamic Movements at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS). This conference was held in collaboration with the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) of the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University on October 13-15, 2000. The theme of the conference was ‘Islam & Society in the 21st Century.

- February 4, 1999: Islamist Perspectives on the Crisis in Iraq, a panel presentation in a seminar entitled "The Crisis in Iraq", co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council, and Gender Studies Program, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

Research Interests

Research interests include democratization and democratic consolidation, constructivism, social movements, contentious politics, transnational movements, Islamism, Islamist movements, the various approaches adopted by these movements to achieve their political goals, regional and global security, Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy, the historical development of schools of thought and sects in Islam, Islamic political theory, etc.

Lectures, Speeches, & Talks

June 12, 2003: Operationalizing an Islamic Democracy, lecture to be delivered at the Senior University Georgetown Summer Lecture Series, Georgetown, TX.

May 28, 2003: Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis, a talk presented at the monthly history book group discussion organized by the Barnes & Noble, Westlake Branch, Austin, TX.

March 3, 2003: Understanding Islam, a talk given to a continuing education class at the University of Texas at Austin.

September 11, 2002: Islam, The Qur'an and 9/11, a faculty-student panel organized by the Department of Philosophy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

May 22, 2002: What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response by Bernard Lewis, a talk presented at the monthly history book group discussion organized by Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX.

March 6, 2002: The Events of 9/11 and Islam, a lecture delivered to a group of high school students visiting Austin from Colorado organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, TX.

March 3, 2002: Jihad & Jihadism, a talk delivered at a study group organized by the Muslim Students Association – University of Texas.

February 8, 2002: Islam-A Rational Approach, a lecture delivered at a study group organized by the Muslim Students Association – University of Texas.

January 10, 2002: Islam & Terrorism, a lecture delivered at St. Martin's High School in Metairie, Louisiana.

December 17, 2001: The Middle East, a lecture delivered at Hutto Middle School, Hutto, TX.

November 29, 2001: Islam & Muslims, a sequence of lectures at Cedar Park High School Leander, TX-787.

October 30, 2001: Understanding the Middle East, a sequence of lectures delivered at Murchison Middle School , Austin, TX.

October 18: Islamism in Afghanistan & US Foreign Policy, a lecture at a panel delivered at a teach-in session organized by Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice – University of Texas.

October 8: Political Islam: a lecture delivered at a brown bag luncheon talk organized by CSE, a private child support enforcement agency, Austin, TX

September 21, 2001: Islam and 9/11, a lecture at St. Andrew's High School, Austin TX.

September 20, 2001: Understanding the Distinction between Islam and Acts of Violence, a lecture delivered at a Third-Hour Activity session organized by the Freshman Seminar Program at the University of Texas, Austin, TX.

September 19, 2001: America Under Attack: A Search for Meaning, a panel discussion in a Town hall meeting in which I was the sole graduate student participant along with faculty members from UT's Department of Government, organized by the Student Government and the Multicultural Center at the University of Texas.

June 2001: Islam & Muslims: a lecture presented at the chapel of the US Military Base in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.

April 2001: Does Morality Depend on Religion: An Islamic Perspective, a lecture presented to a joint session of three classes (sociology, philosophy, and religious studies) at Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO.

March 2001: Contemporary Islamic Life, a lecture presented to an upper division anthropology class entitled ‘Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East' at SW MO State University, Springfield, MO.

February 2001: Islam & Muslims in America, a lecture given in an introductory level class on religions of the Middle East at Drury University, Springfield, MO.

December 2000: Islam & Muslims, a lecture presented at Bailey Alternative High School, Springfield, Missouri.

November 2000: Introduction to Islam, a lecture presented to an introductory class on religions of the Middle East at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

November 2000: Does Morality Depend on Religion: An Islamic Perspective, a lecture presented to three classes (Philosophy & Religious Studies) offered at Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Missouri.

October 2000: The Diverse Nature of the Global Islamic Movement, a presentation to the faculty and graduate students in the department of political science at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

September 2000: Introduction to Islam, a lecture presented to an introductory class on religions of the middle east at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

July 2000: What is Islam & Who are Muslims?, A lecture presented to a group of high school students attending the Summer Camp Program at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

May 2000: What is Islam?, A lecture presented in an introductory class on world religions at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

April 2000: Does Morality Depend on Religion: The Islamic Perspective, a series of two lectures presented to two classes (Philosophy and Religious Studies) offered at Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, Missouri.

April 2000: Islam: A Way of Life, a lecture presented to an introductory class on world religions at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

November 1999: Jihad & Terrorism, a lecture sponsored by the Muslim Students' Association, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

October 1999: Islam & Muslims, a lecture presented to an undergraduate course on world religions at Crowder College, Neosho, Missouri.

June 1999: Approaches to Counseling Muslim Families in the US, a lecture presented to a graduate class on guidance and counseling offered by the department of Education at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

April 1999: Islam, a series of lectures presented to two classes on religious studies at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

April 1999: Typology of Islamic Movements, a lecture presented in a graduate class offered by the Communications Department at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

March 1999: Islamic Terrorism, a lecture presented in an upper-division political science class on political violence at Southwest Missouri State University.

November 1998: Approaches to Counseling Muslim Families in the US, a lecture presented to a graduate class on guidance and counseling offered by the department of Education at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

October 1998: Islam, a lecture presented in an introductory class in religious studies at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

September 1998: Does God Exist?, a lecture presented in an upper-division class on Middle Eastern religions at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

September 1997: Does God Exist?, a lecture presented in an upper-division class on Middle Eastern religions at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

July 1997: Islam & Muslims, a lecture presented in a class on Islam at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, Missouri.

September 1996: Does God Exist?, a lecture presented in an upper-division class on Middle Eastern religions at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.

August 1996: Islam & Muslims, a lecture presented at Sunday school session at First Universalist Unitarian Church, Springfield, Missouri.

July 1996: Belief in Islam, a lecture delivered in a class on Islam at Central Bible College, Springfield, Missouri.

April 1996: The Doctrine of Islam, a talk presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the Muslims Students' Association at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.

September 1995: Is Islam Inherently Fanatical in Nature? a talk sponsored by the Muslim Students' Association at St. Johns University, New York. Hobbies/Other Interests

- Writing, reading, traveling, meeting new people, listening to music, etc.

- Keeping myself up to date on subjects such as technology, global events, and social phenomenon.

- Enjoy reading a variety of publications, e.g., Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Economist, Current History, Harvard Int'l Review, World Policy Journal, Journal of Democracy, etc. Internet

Founder and owner of Political Islam Discussion List (PIDL), an email discussion launched in June 2000 and currently based out of the University of Texas server. PIDL is a forum, where academic scholars, policy analysts, journalists, and political activists engage in an exchange of viewpoints, discuss matters of mutual interest, and debate vigorously on the phenomenon dubbed as "Political Islam".

Travels

Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, Lebanon, Syria, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Languages

Fluent in English, Urdu, and Punjabi. Able to read and write Arabic and Persian. Able to speak Hindi.

References

Ahmed, Akbar S., Professor of International Relations and Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.-, Tel # (202) 885-1961.

Alkebsi, Abdelwahaab, Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa, National Endowment for Democracy, 1101 Fifteenth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20005, Tel # (202) 293-9072x238.

Esposito, John L., University Professor & Director, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 20057. Tel # (202) 687-8735.

Friedman, George, Founder/Chairman, Strategic Forecasting, Inc. Austin, TX-78701. Tel # (512) 744-4300.

Ganguly, Sumit, Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations, and Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, 210 Woodburn Hall, Bloomington, IN-47405 Tel # (812) 855-6308.

Haghayeghi, Mehrdad, Professor, Department of Political Science, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65804. Tel # (417) 836 5038.

Haqqani, Husain, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for Int'l Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington D.C. 20036, Tel # (202) 939-2398

Janka, Les, Consultant/Advisor, Commonwealth Consulting, 1800, North Kent, Suite 907, Arlington, VA-22209, Tel # (703) 526 9525.

Khan, M.A. Muqtedar, Assistant Professor & Director of International Studies Program, Adrian College, Adrian, MI-49221, Tel # (800) 877-2246.

Masmoudi, Radwan, Founder/President, Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID), 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, Tel # (202) 772-2022.

Moser, Robert, Associate Professor, Government Department, University of Texas, Austin, TX-78712, Tel # (512) 232-7278

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Rutherford, Kenneth R., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, SMSU, Springfield, MO 65804, Tel. # (417) 836-6428.

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