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March 10, 2006

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

On behalf of CSID, and the program committee for the 7 th Annual conference, I have the pleasure of inviting you to attend and participate in CSID*s 7 th Annual Conference:

The Challenge of Democracy in the Muslim World

On May 5-6, 2006 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Washington , D.C.

The Program Committee has put together a truly wonderful and rich program that includes over 40 Speakers and Panelists (from many countries), who will address some of the most pressing issues and questions of our time, related to the challenge of democracy and democratization in the Muslim world. A copy of the Program and Registration form are attached below. You may also register online at: https://secure.entango.com/donate/QUuB7SPr4Ug

We are also looking to raise funds from private donors, individuals, and institutions to invite and sponsor the participation of Muslim Democratic leaders and scholars (both political and religious) from Arab and Muslim countries, and members of the Network of Democrats in the Arab World (NDAW) in this important gathering. If you, or your institution, would like to sponsor one or more Muslim Democrat (for $2,500 each) from the Arab/Muslim world, please contact me as soon as possible ( [email protected] ).

The CSID Annual conference is the largest and most informed international conference on ※Islam & Democracy§ in the world. This year, we are expecting between 300 and 400 of the top scholars, policymakers, and activists from the United States and the Muslim world to attend the conference and participate in its deliberations.

We hope you will honor us with you presence and participation in this important event, which comes at a critical time, in the history of the Muslim world and in the challenging but necessary transition to democratic governments in the Arab and Muslim world.

We look forward to seeing you at the 7th Annual conference of CSID. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Sherif Mansour at: [email protected]

With best wishes and regards,

Dr. Radwan A. Masmoudi
Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)
1625 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Suite 601
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Tel.: (202) 265-1200
Fax: (202) 265-1222
[email protected]

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


Friday May 5, 2006

8:00 a . m . 每 9:00 a . m . Registration

9:00 a . m . 每 9:30 a . m . Welcoming Remarks

9:30 a . m . 每 11:00 a . m . Session 1

Theoretical Analysis of Democratization in the Muslim World

Towards an Experiment in Libertarian Political Islam. Anas Malik ( Xavier University , OH) [email protected]

Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Democratization in the Muslim World: Indonesia and the Arab World. Louay Abdulbaki ( Monash University , Australia ), [email protected]

Islamization of Democracy: The Requisite of Democracy in the Islamic World. Mohamed Berween ( Texas A&M International University , TX ), [email protected]

The Crisis of Non-Islamist Parties in the Middle East . Marina Ottaway (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, DC), [email protected]

11:00 a . m . - 11:15 a . m . Break

11:15 a . m . 每 12:30 p . m . Session 2

State of Democracy in the Muslim World

Pakistan Between Mosque and Military. Husain Haqqani, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, [email protected]

Transitional Politics in the Maghreb: Prospects for Democracy in Algeria , Morocco , and Tunisia . John P Entelis ( Fordham University , NY ), [email protected]

Problems of Democracy in Azerbaijan : Oil or Muslim factor? Elkhan Mehtiyev (Peace and Conflict Resolution Center , Azerbaijan ), [email protected]

Democratization in Syria and the Interplay of Culture and Structure. Louay Safi, CSID Board Member, [email protected]

12:30 p . m . 每 1:00 p . m . Jumah Prayer

1:00 p . m . 每 2:30 p . m . Luncheon

Luncheon Keynote Address

Improving Relations and Understanding with the

Muslim World

Carl Gershman , National Endowment for Democracy

Karen Hughes , Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy (invited)

2:30 p . m . 每 4:15 p . m . Session 3

Debate on Media and Democratization in the Muslim World

New Media and Democratization in the Middle East , Philip Seib ( Marquette University , WI ) [email protected]

Abdallah Schleifer (Al Arabiya, DC) [email protected]

Octavia Nasr, CNN Sr. Arab Affairs Correspondent

Al-Jazeera Representative

4:15 p.m. 每 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. 每 6:00 p.m. CSID General Body Meeting (CSID Members)

7:00 p . m . 每 9:30 p . m . Annual Banquet & Award Ceremony


Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice (Invited)

Saad Dine el Otmani, Secretary-General, Party of Justice and

Development, Morocco

Saturday May 6, 2006

8:00 a . m . 每 9:00 a . m . Registration

9:00 a.m. 每 10:30 a.m. Parallel Session 4

Challenges to Democracy: Domestic and External

U.S. Policy toward Political Reforms in Morocco . Mustapha khalfi, visiting sholar, carnegie endowment for international peace, [email protected]

The European Union*s approach to political Islam and democracy: the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Turkey *s EU relations. Eduard Lecha (CIDOB Foundation , Spain ) [email protected]

Confronting the Real Enemy: An Islamic Perspective for Fighting Corruption. Maryam Knight ( New York University , NY ) [email protected]

Revisiting Secularism and Revitalization of Islamism: Democratic Perspective . Maimul Ahsan Khan, University of California-Davis , [email protected]

9:00 a.m. 每 10:30 a.m. Parallel Session 5

Prospects for Democracy in the Muslim World

The Role of Islamist Movements in Promoting Democracy in the Arab World: Procedures versus Values. Amr Hamzawy (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, DC), [email protected]

The Intersection between Human Rights and Democratization. Neil Hicks (Human Rights First, NY) [email protected]

Core Strategic Challenges for Successful Democratic Reforms. Alon Ben-Meir ( New York University , NY ) [email protected]

Are elections in the Muslim world in America 's interests? Joshua Muravchik, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, [email protected]

10:30 a.m. 每 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. 每 12:30 p.m. Parallel Session 6

Islamists and Democratization

﹞ Democratization and Islamist 'Auto-Reform': Preliminary Findings from Egypt , Jordan and Kuwait . Carrie Rosefsky Wickham ( Emory University , GA ), [email protected]

﹞ To Engage or Not to Engage? The Emerging Consensus on US Policy toward Political Islam. Shadi Hamid ( Georgetown University , DC ), [email protected]

﹞ The Influence of Islamist politics in Israel and Palestine . Victoria Zyp ( Georgetown University , DC ), [email protected]

﹞ Islamist Democrats?: Assessing and Evaluating the Democratic Commitments of Islamist Parties in Turkey , Morocco , and Jordan . Sean Brooks ( Davidson College , NC ) [email protected]

﹞ The Inter-Relations between Moderate Islamists, their Media and Democratization in the Arab World. Carola Richter, Teaching and Research Assistant, Department for Media and Communication, Erfurt University , Germany , [email protected]

10:45 a.m. 每 12:30 p.m. Parallel Session 7

Gender Equality and Rights of Minorities in the Muslim World

Citizenship and non-Muslims in Modern Islamic Thought. Rachel Scott (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , VA ), [email protected]

Challenging Gender Democracy: Tribalism and Islamism in Jordan . Ibtesam Al-Atiyat ( University of Wisconsin , WI ), [email protected]

Women and Democracy in the Gulf: Overcoming the Selection-Election Gap. N. Janardhan (Gulf in the Media Gulf Research Center , UAE) [email protected]

Difficulties encountered by Muslims in Granada , Spain . Alan Cordova ( Williams College , MA) [email protected]

12:30 p . m . 每 2:00 p . m . Keynote Luncheon

Luncheon Keynote Speakers:

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

MEPI and Democracy Promotion: What Did We Learn?

Laith Kubba , former spokesman for the Iraqi government

Lessons from Iraq : What went Right and what went Wrong?

2:00 p . m . 每3:30 p . m . Parallel Session 8

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

Bridging Islam and Political Liberalism in Turkey : The AKP Experiment and its Impact on Turkey *s Democratic Consolidation. Ioannis Grigoriadis ( Sabanci University , Turkey ) [email protected]

Bridging the Gap: Revisiting the Way We Interpret Islam. Wael Nawara, Egyptian Alghad Party, [email protected]

Can there be Democratic Governance without the Separation of Religion and Politics? Abdulaziz Sachedina, University of Virginia, [email protected]

Democratic Governance and the So-Called Islamic State. Asma Afsaruddin, University of Notre Dame, [email protected]

2:00 p . m . 每3:30 p . m . Parallel Session 9

The Status and Role of Women in the Muslim World

﹞ Indonesian Muslim Women and Politics. Sri Nuryanti, Research center for Politics, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), [email protected]

﹞ Responding to the Challenge: Moroccan Women and Democracy. Sarah Swick, Program Assistant, Minaret of Freedom Institute, [email protected]

﹞ Education is the Foundation: Women Building Peace and Prosperity in Sudan . Leigh Graham,Conflict Resolution Studies, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University , [email protected]

3:30 p . m . 每 4:00 p . m . Break

4:00 p.m. 每 5:30 p.m. Parallel Session 10

Challenges for Democracy in Muslim Asia

﹞ Is Democratization suitable for Central Asia ? Aziza Umarova, Postgraduate student, School of International Relations , University of St Andrews , Scotland , UK , [email protected]

﹞ Citizenship and Democracy in Kyrgyzstan , one year after the Tulip Revolution. Vanessa Ruget, [email protected]

﹞ Domestic and external challenges to democracy in the Muslim world Case studies: Turkey and Afghanistan . Nilofar Sakhi, Conflict Transformation Program, Eastern Mennonite University , [email protected]

4:00 p.m. 每 5:30 p.m. Parallel Session 11

A Modern Islamic Democratic Discourse

﹞ 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, [email protected]

﹞ Creating a Productive Discourse on Democracy in the Muslim World. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom Institute, [email protected]

﹞ 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, [email protected]

﹞ The &Ulama of Egypt : As a Progressive and Moderate Religious Authority? Shaznene Hussain, University of Arkansas , [email protected]

5:30 p.m. 每 6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks


For further information, please contact CSID Conference Coordinator, Sherif Mansour, at: [email protected] or call ( 202) 265-1200

All participants, including speakers, panelists, and chairs, must register and pay the registration fee . The fee covers the two keynote luncheons, the banquet dinner, and coffee breaks . One-day registration fees are also available . Please mail your pre-registration form and fee by April 10, 2006 (postmarked) . Early registration deadline is April 10 th

Journalists may attend sessions free of charge, but must pre-register, provide evidence of affiliation, and purchase lunch tickets ($30) and/or banquet dinner tickets ($70) at registration . Please send e-mail, with name and affiliation to Sherif Masnour at [email protected] or call: (202) 265-1200

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