Wednesday, April 16, 2008

05-14-2008 :: Political Islam & Democracy DC

Political Islam and Democracy -
What do Islamists and Islamic Movements want?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
George Washington University, in Washington DC

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Members of CSID:

We hope you will join us at the 9th Annual Conference of CSID, which will take place on May 14, at the George Washington University, in Washington DC. The main theme for this year's conference will be:

Political Islam and Democracy -
What do Islamists and Islamic Movements want?

We have put together an excellent program, including several world-renown experts, leaders, and activists as well as parliamentarians of Islamic movements from different countries, to discuss their parties' views and positions on democracy. To view the tentative program, go to

Tentative Program ::

To register for the conference, please go to Online Registration
We sincerely hope you will join us at this important conference on May 14.

Radwan Masmoudi.......................Asma Afsaruddin
President, CSID............................Chair of the Board, CSID

9th Annual Conference

Political Islam and Democracy - What do Islamists and Islamic Movements want?
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
George Washington UniversityWashington, D.C. 20052Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Asma Afsaruddin, Chair, Program Committee
Dr. Radwan Masmoudi, CSID President
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Panel 1

The Muslim Brotherhood and Democratic Evolution
Chair: Asma Afsaruddin

"The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and the concept of Democracy" - Radwan Ziadeh, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace,

"The program of Muslim Brotherhood "Political Party" from A Human Rights Perspective" - Bahey eldin Hassan, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS),

"Idealism versus pragmatism in the political efforts of Muslim Brotherhood movements" - Anas Altikriti, The Cordoba Foundation,

"Changes within MB due to contextual changes between 2005 and 2007" - Ibrahim El-

Houdaiby, Ikhwan-Web, Egypt,
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Panel 2

The Intersection of Religion and Democracy: Islamist DiscoursesChair: Najib Ghadhban

"Why Jihad not Democracy" - Nelly Lahoud, Goucher College,

"The Sovereignty of God: Constitutional Processes in Islam and Christianity" - Mark Gould,
Haverford College,
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

Conditions for Engaging Islamist Leaders and Thinkers: How to Encourage and Support Muslim Democrats?

Confirmed Speakers:
Mohammed Ayoob, author of "Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World"

Saadeddine Ibrahim, Founder and Director of the Ibn Khaldoun Center, Egypt, "From Taliban to Erdogan"

Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, USA

Joshua Muravchik, author of "Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America's Destiny", USA

2:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Panel 3
Negotiating Democracy: the North African ContextChair: Tony Sullivan

"The Algerian Islamic Movement and 'Political Islam': An Insider's Perspective" - Anwar N Haddam, President and co-founder of the Movement for Liberty & Social Justice, Algeria,

"Inclusion and Institutional Constraints: Moderation of the Moroccan Justice and Development Party" - Feriha Perekli, Indiana University-Bloomington,

"The Challenges and Opportunities Moroccan Islamist Movements Pose to Women's Political Participation" - Laurel Rapp, The OneVoice Movement,

"Shariah and democracy: the experiences of Indonesia and Morocco" - Yusuf Fernández, European Islamic Media Network,
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Panel 4
Implementing Democracy: Prospects and PrognosisChair: Robert Schadler

"Islamic Movements and Democracy in Central Asia: Integration or Isolation?" - Anthony C. Bowyer, International Foundation for Election Systems,

"The Maldives - Reform Deferred?" - Ahmed Shaheed & Jonathan Upton, founding member of the pro-democracy New Maldives faction,

"The (Im)Possibility of Islamist Politics in Turkey" - Hatem Ete, METU, Ankara, Turkey,

"Islamists and a Pluralist Society: Hezbollah and Jama'ah al-Islamiyah's Consociational Experience in Lebanon" - Eric Bordenkircher, UCLA,
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Annual Banquet Dinner

(Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd Street)
Dialogue with Moderate Islamist Leaders - Viewpoints on Shari'ah, Democracy, and Religious Freedom in Islam

Confirmed Banquet Keynote Speakers:
Mohamed Saad Elkatatny, Head of the MB Parliamentary Delegation, Egypt
Abderazzak Makri, Movement for the Society of Peace, Algeria
Mohamed Yatim, Deputy Secretary General, Party of Justice and Development, Morocco
Abdelmajeed M'nasra, Movement for the Society of Peace, Algeria

Co-Sponsors: This conference is co-sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, The Kingdom Foundation, and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) of George Washington University.____________________________Registration Form
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Pre-Registration.......................................By April 30 On-site Registraton..............................................................................

After April 30 Registration w/o Dinner Banquet Dinner OnlyCSID Member ? $75.00 ? $100.00 ? $50.00 ? $ 50.00Non-Member ? $100.00 ? $150.00 ? $80.00 ? $ 70.00A Couple ? $140.00 ? $180.00 ? $110.00 ? $ 100.00Student ? $ 40.00 ? $50.00 ? $20.00 ? $ 30.00

Registration includes lunch, banquet dinner, and coffee breaks, but does not include lodging. Payment must be received by April 30 to qualify for pre-registration rates. Please mail registration form with payment to: CSID Conf. Registration- 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 601, Washington, D.C. 20036

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