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Events Archive – Fall 2009

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December 3, 2009: IMES Special Event – Book Discussion

We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and other Minorities.

Anouar Majid, Author, We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and other Minorities

With remarks by:
Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of Morocco to the United States

The Institute for Middle East Studies and the Embassy of Morocco present a special event featuring remarks by Moroccan Ambassador Aziz Mekouar and a booksigning with Anouar Majid. Majid will be discussing his newest book, We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and other Minorities.

In We Are All Moors, Anouar Majid contends that the acrimonious debates about immigration and Islam in the West are the cultural legacy of the conflict between Christians and Moors. Offering a groundbreaking new history of the West's perception and treatment of minority cultures, Majid explores how "the Moor" emerged as the archetypal Other against which Europe would define itself. The characteristics attributed to this quintessential minority — racial inferiority, religious impurity, cultural incompatibility — would be reapplied to other non-European and non-Christian peoples: Native Americans, black Africans, Jews, and minority immigrant communities, among others.

Thursday, December 3, 2009
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

November 19, 2009: IMES Brownbag
Islamism and Democracy in North Africa

Hugh Roberts

Thursday, Novemeber 19th, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Suite 505, 1957 E Street, NW

November, 13, 2009: IMES Special Event
Democracy In Egypt

Featuring: Ayman Nour

Ayman Nour is one of Egypt's most prominent dissidents and activists for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Egypt. A former member of the Egyptian Parliament and chairman of the El Ghad party, he became well-known following his January 2005 imprisonment by the government on fictitious charges. Nour remained active during his imprisonment, using the opportunity to write critical articles and make his case and cause better known. He was released from prison in March 2005, following an international campaign on his behalf. After his release, Nour began a campaign for the Egyptian presidency and came in second to Hosni Mubarak in Egypt's 2005 presidential election. On December 24, 2005, Nour was again imprisoned, this time for alleged election fraud in the Presidential election and was released in February 2009 because of his declining health. Nour is one of the founders of the Egyptian campaign against the succession, October 2009.

Friday, November 13, 2009
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street NW
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

November 12, 2009: Middle East Policy Forum
GCC Perception of Iran as a Threat to the Balance of Power in the Region

Featuring: Sami M.K.M. Al-Faraj, President, Kuwait Center for Strategic Studies

Al-Faraj will discuss security in the Persian Gulf and the unique role Iran plays in the current and future security of the region.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

November 11, 2009: Middle East Policy Forum:
"Underexposure: Baghdad Spring 2003"

: Ziad Turkey Jazzaa, Iraqi Director, cinematographer and photographer

Ziad Turkey Jazzaa will show and discuss his film "Underexposure" filmed during the first months of the occupation. There will be an exhibit of his photographic work entitled "Migration to Destruction"

Moderator: Dr. Dina Rizk Khoury Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street NW
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

November 6, 2009: MEPF
A Modern Vision for a 3,000 Year Old History

Featuring: The Honorable Mayor Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem
Mayor Barkat will be speaking on his vision for Jerusalem, the world's most complicated city, and the future of Jerusalem in peace talks.

Friday, November 6, 2009
City View Room
7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

November 4, 2009: American Studies Lecture Series and IMES Event
Palestinian Higher Education Under Seige

Institutions of higher learning in the Occupied Palestinian Territories face harsh challenges. Dr. Tamari, a leading Palestinian academic, will examine whether and how universities can provide academic training to students living under conditions of extreme confinement.He will discuss both the US relationships to Palestinian universities, and the reality that universities operate as combat zones, where Palestinian identities are negotiated and contested.


Salim Tamari, Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies and a Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street NW
6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

October 16, 2009: IMES-PARC Research Conference
Palestine: What We Know

This conference, featuring a special talk by Rashid Khalidi, will be a multi-disciplinary survey of the state of scholarship on Palestine. It will discuss what we know, what we don’t know, and what obstacles we need to overcome in order to advance the field of Palestinian Studies.

Friday, October 16, 2009
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW
9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

October 13, 2009: MEPF
Palestinians in Israel: Predicaments, Opportunities, and Challenges

Speakers will discuss the relationship between the Jewish majority and Palestinians in the state of Israel.  They will look at the predicaments and challenges inherent in this relationship for both Jews and Palestinians, and at the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead.


Raef Zreik, Georgetown University

Ori Nir, Americans for Peace Now

Adina Friedman, Moderator, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, GW

Tuesday, October 13
Lindner Family Commons
Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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