Panel Discussion Roundtable Participants
Dr. Sami Angawi is a renowned expert on Islamic architecture in Mecca and Medina. He holds a doctorate in Islamic Architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Since 1988 he has been Founder and General Director of the Jeddah–based Amar Center for Architectural Heritage.
Dr. Sadig Malki is from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. He is an assistant professor of Political Science at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. His area of expertise is inter–faith relations.
Dr. Saleh Almani is the Dean of the College of Law and Political Science of the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al–Mani is the author of several books, including: The Euro–Arab Dialogue: A Study in Associative Diplomacy (1984) and The World Challenge: Europe, the Arab World and Japan (1981). He has also been an advisor to the Saudi government and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Mr. Abou Elele Mady is Founder and Chair of the centrist political party al–Wasat in Egypt, which seeks to balance the democratic and the Islamic values of the Egyptian population.
Dr. Manar M. El Shorbagy is senior consultant on U.S. affairs with The Arab Center for Development and Future Studies. She is the author of several books including Constrained Democracy: The US Presidential Election (2004) and The U.S. Congress: Arabs' Forgotten Institution (2002). Her research focuses on the U.S. legislative process.
Dr. Said Sadek is an expert and consultant providing socioeconomic background analyses and studies to projects in the areas of gender development, the health sector, industrialization, demography, NGOs, small income–generating projects, the sociology of labor, urbanization, and governance.
Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, and Director of its Islamic Studies Program, which are hosting the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian delegations during their travels in the United States. He is also a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. His most recent book is Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West.
Marion Holmes Katz is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at NYU, where she focuses on issues relating to shari‘a, gender, and ritual practice. Her most recent book is The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: Devotional Piety in Sunni Islam, and her current research, which is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, deals with women’s access to mosques and public worship practices.
Farhad Kazemi is Professor of Politics and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, where he has also served as Vice Provost for Global Affairs. He has published numerous articles and books on civil society in Iran, Middle Eastern and Iranian politics, and on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.
Ali Mirsepassi is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology at NYU’s Gallatin School, where he has also served as interim dean. His current research, which is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, looks at Western influences on political Islam. He has authored several books, including Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran.
Robert Quinn is Founder and Director of the Scholars At Risk Network at NYU and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses on international human rights and the United States legal system.
Everett K. Rowson is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at NYU, where he focuses on the social and intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, through the study of Arabic literary texts. He is currently completing a monograph on the treatment of homosexuality in medieval Islamic cultures in literary, legal, medical, philosophical, and mystical texts.
Christa Salamandra is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), where she focuses on Syrian and Arab satellite television. Her latest book is A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria, and she has recently published on television producers’ negotiation between competing calls towards secularism and Islamization, particularly in musalsals and other entertainment programming.
Catharine Stimpson is Dean of the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English. She is past president of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and of the Association of Graduate Schools, and she has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and honorary awards. Her research focuses on modern literature, women in culture and society, and education.
Hillary Wiesner is Director of the Carnegie Corporation’s Islam Initiative, which works to enhance Americans’ understanding of the Muslim world’s intellectual, cultural, and historic diversity. She holds a doctorate in the Study of Religion from Harvard University, and was previously Senior Executive Officer and Secretary of the Directorate at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Mustapha Tlili is Founder and Director of the NYU Center for Dialogues, a research scholar at New York University, and senior fellow at its Remarque Institute. Sorbonne–educated, he previously taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and was a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute of New School University. He is a former senior United Nations official, having served as director for communications policy in the United Nations Department of Public Information, director of the UN information center for France, and chief of the Namibia, Anti — Apartheid, Palestine and decolonization programs in the same department. An established novelist, he is a knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters. He is also a member of Human Rights Watch’s Advisory Committee for the Middle East and North Africa.
Andrea L. Stanton is Assistant Director of the NYU Center for Dialogues. She holds a doctorate in Middle East history from Columbia University, and was previously a visiting assistant professor at the American University of Beirut. She serves on the board of the Syrian Studies Association and as the H–Levant list editor, and is a Williams College Alumni Class Officer. At NYU she serves as a student mentor for the University’s Islamic Center and is a member of NYU’s Mediterranean Studies Group.