1. Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A New Direction in U.S. Foreign Policy


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    (March 9, 2009) Journalist and author Ahmed Rashid addresses the challenges that the Obama administration faces and the choices that must be made to save Afghanistan and Pakistan from engulfing the United States and Europe in another long-term conflict.

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    • Charting Change, Challenging Power: Women Leaders in Muslim Contexts


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      (May 7, 2009) Baroness Kishwer Falkner of the House of Lords, Great Britain and Dr. Shahida Jaffrey from Pakistan address the contemporary challenges and issues faced by Muslim women in the fields of politics, higher education and human rights.

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      • Building Cultural Pluralism in Central Asia: The Aga Khan Music Initiative


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        Lecture by Aga Khan, original date February 20, 2009.

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        • Soroush: "Rumi, The Prophet of Love"


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          Lecture by A. Soroush titled "Rumi, The Prophet of Love". Original date of lecture May 2011.

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          • Faith and Democracy


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            A Panel Discussion with Mohammad Fadel (University of Toronto),Robert Gregg (Stanford University), Rebecca Lyman (University of California, Berkeley), Richard Madsen (University of California, San Diego), and Steve Weitzman (Stanford University). The panel will focus on the historical, philosophical, theological, jurisprudential links between democracy and Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies-Middle East Fund, the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, and Stanford Humanities Center.

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            • American Quran


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              The discussion session with artist Sandow Birk will focus on his ongoing American Quran project, which aims to hand-transcribe the entire Qur’an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Five years in the making, the project has been inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world and undertaken after extensive research. Featuring an audiovisual demonstration of his artwork, the session that will focus on how Mr. Birk has chosen to work on this topic, what kind of challenges and support he has encountered, and how the project is received by different audiences in and outside the United States. Qamar Adamjee, Associate Curator of South Asian Art at San Francisco Asian Art Museum, will moderate the session. The event is free and open to the public, and it is co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Cantor Arts Center.

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              • The 2011 Popular Uprising in Egypt


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                Three Stanford scholars, Joel Beinin (Department of History), Lisa Blaydes (Department of Political Science), Robert Crews (Department of History), discuss the historical, political and economic background of the 2011 uprising in Egypt. The event is organized by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University on February 7, 2011. For more information about the Abbasi Program, please visit http://islamicstudies.stanford.edu Speakers: Joel Beinin is Donald J. McLachan Professor of History and Professor of Middle Eastern History at Stanford University. He received his M.A. from Harvard University and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. His research focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has written or edited seven books, most recently Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 (with Rebecca Stein, Stanford University Press, 2006). In 2002, he served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. Lisa Blaydes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She received her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. from University of California-Los Angeles . Among her publications are Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011), "Women's Electoral Participation in Egypt: The Implications of Gender for Voter Recruitment and Mobilization" (with Safinaz El Tarouty , Middle East Journal, 2009), and "Spoiling the Peace?: Peace Process Exclusivity and Political Violence in North-central Africa" (with Jennifer De Maio, Civil Wars, 2010). Her research interests include comparative politics, Middle Eastern politics, and political economy. Robert Crews is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University. He received his M.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He is the author of For Prophet and Tsar: Islam and Empire in Russia and Central Asia (Harvard University Press, 2006) and co-editor of The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan (with Amin Tarzi, Harvard University Press, 2008). He was named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as one of the 2009 Carnegie Scholars selected for influential ideas and enhancing public discourse about Islam.

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