Scholars to discuss ‘Islam and Democracy: Clash, Crash or Compatibility’ in Difficult Dialogues program

April 2, 2008

DEARBORN / April 2, 2008---Two scholars will discuss “Islam and Democracy: Clash, Crash or Compatibility” in a presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 in Room 1030, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The discussion is sponsored by the campus’s “Difficult Dialogues” initiative and is free and open to the public.

Presenters Saeed Khan and Amedee Turner “are leading scholars and commentators on the politics and culture of Islam in the Middle East and in the West,” according to UM-Dearborn anthropology Prof. Claude Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and coordinator of the Difficult Dialogues initiative.

Khan is a lecturer in the Department of Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University, where he teaches topics in Islamic and Middle Eastern history. He has been a regular contributor to media outlets around the world, and serves as a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC.

“His study on the ‘Impact of the Iraq Crisis upon the Interaction of Detroit’s Iraqi Religious Communities,’ which is part of the Harvard Pluralism Project, has received international attention,” Jacobs said.

Khan will be joined by English barrister Amédee Edward Turner, who has served as a legal advisor to European governments and international agencies on democratic procedures, civil liberties and human rights. Turner was a member of the European parliament from 1979 to 1994. His publications include “Muslim Grassroots in the West Discuss Democracy” and numerous studies for the European Commission.


 The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers’ views.




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