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

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

Dear Friends of CSID:

1- Change of Venue : In order to accommodate a larger audience, we have moved the venue of the conference from George Washington University to the Marriott Renaissance M Street Hotel, only a few blocks north of GWU.

2- Deadline Extended : The deadline to pre-register for the conference, and receive the lower pre-registration rates, has been from April 30 to May 7 (i.e. Today). Please sign-up today at the lower pre-registration rates.

3- Please forward this announcement and FINAL program to any person, group, list, or organization that you think might be interested in attending this important event for bridging the gap between the US and the Muslim world, and building a more peaceful and democratic future for all of us.

We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for the CSID 9th Annual Conference.

_______ The CSID Conference Program Committee ______________


9th Annual Conference

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Marriott Renaissance M Street Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC, 20037, (202) 775-0800


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 Intersection of Religion and Democracy: Islamist Discourses

Chair: Asma Afsaruddin

“Why Jihad not Democracy” – Nelly Lahoud, Goucher College, [email protected]

“The Sovereignty of God: Constitutional Processes in Islam and Christianity” – Mark Gould, Haverford College, [email protected]

“The Draft Party Platform of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood: Foray Into Political Integration or Retreat Into Old Positions?” – Dr. Amr Hamzawy, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, [email protected]

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel 2

The Muslim Brotherhood and Democratic Evolution

Chair: Daniel Brumberg

“The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and the concept of Democracy” – Radwan Ziadeh, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, [email protected]

“The program of Muslim Brotherhood “Political Party” from A Human Rights Perspective” – Bahey eldin Hassan, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), [email protected]

“Changes within MB due to contextual changes between 2005 and 2007” – Ibrahim El-Houdaiby, Ikhwan-Web, Egypt, [email protected]

“Demystifying the Positions of the Muslim Brotherhood toward Democracy” Najib Ghadbian, University of Arkansas, [email protected]

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

Dialogue with Moderate Islamist Leaders –
Viewpoints on Shari”ah, Democracy, and Religious Freedom in Islam

Confirmed Speakers:

Mohammed Ayoob, author of “Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World”

Abderazzak Makri, Movement for the Society of Peace, Algeria

Mohamed Yatim, Deputy Secretary General, Party of Justice and Development, Morocco

Amb. Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt and Visiting scholar with the US Institute of Peace

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 Context

Chair: 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, [email protected]

“The Challenges and Opportunities Moroccan Islamist Movements Pose to Women”s Political Participation” – Laurel Rapp, The OneVoice Movement, [email protected]

“Shariah and democracy: the experiences of Indonesia and Morocco” – Yusuf Fernلndez, European Islamic Media Network, [email protected]

“The Islamic Movement in Tunisia and Its Views on Democracy” – Samir Dilou, Lawyer & Human Rights Activist, Tunisia, [email protected]

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break

4:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Panel 4

Implementing Democracy: Prospects and Prognosis

Chair: Robert Schadler

“Islamic Movements and Democracy in Central Asia: Integration or Isolation?” – Anthony C. Bowyer, International Foundation for Election Systems, [email protected]

“The Maldives – Reform Deferred?” – Ahmed Shaheed & Jonathan Upton, founding member of the pro-democracy New Maldives faction, [email protected]

“Islamists and a Pluralist Society: Hezbollah and Jama‘ah al-Islamiyah’s Consociational Experience in Lebanon” – Eric Bordenkircher, UCLA, [email protected]

“The Future and Determinants of Islamic Movements” – by Abdeslam Ballaji, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Rabat, Morocco, [email protected]

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Annual Banquet Dinner

Conditions for Engaging Muslim Leaders and Thinkers:

From Taliban to Erdogan – How to Encourage and Support Muslim Democrats?

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Murat Mercan, Chairman of the Turkish parliament’s foreign relations committee and a founding member of the AKP

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

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-Reg___On-site Reg_____Reg______Dinner
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A Couple_____$140.00____$180.00_____$110.00______$100.00

Registration includes lunch, banquet dinner, and coffee breaks, but does not include lodging. Payment must be received by May 7 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

For further information, please visit the CSID website.