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Villanova University is pleased to announce an international conference

celebrating it 25th anniversary.

All panels and session are free and open to the public

except for the banquet and the luncheons where registration is required***

April 1-4, 2009

 Conference Links:


     Email: aisconference@villanova.edu

     Dr. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
     Conference Organizer
     Call: 610-519-4640

     Center for Arab and Islamic Studies



Selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume.


 Topics of the conference

The conference program includes the following special events.

April 1, Wednesday

6-9 pm

Caramel, a Cannes awarded film, presented by director, Nadine Labaki followed by a reception.


April 2, Thursday

4-7:00 pm.

Meet the Authors: Susan Abulhawa, Eric Sellin, Habib Tengour read their work. Moderated by Pierre Joris, followed by book signing and reception.


7:30- 9 pm.

My Name is Rachel Corrie, a stage performance  directed by Sean O'Donnell, actress: Courtney Day Nassar


April 3, Friday

5:30 - 7 pm.

Keynote address by;
Juan R. I. Cole Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the
University of Michigan followed by

7 - 10 pm

***Banquet dinner with tribute to Hafeez Malik.


April 2 and 3


***Luncheons with distinguished guests: Saad Eddin Ibrahim and James Zogby.


April 4, Saturday

4-6 pm.

Women take the Camera in the Middle East Mayada al-Hiraki, proiducer and director actress, Nadine Labaki.


April 2-4

Continuous film screenings


Topics of the Conference:

Sponsors of the Conference:

  • (Re)Focusing of Arab and Islamic Studies

  • Political conflicts / Human rights

  • Peace-building

  • Education in the Arab and Islamic World

  • Environmental issues / Globalization

  • Oil / resources / economy

  • Post/Coloniality / Post/Modernity

  • Questions of identity / Cultural pluralism

  • Women / gender and Islam

  • Authorship / literature

  • Representation / media

  • Arab arts and cinema

  • Historical Islam / contemporary Islam

  • Legal systems: religious and secular

  • Religious diversity in the Arab World






Modern Languages and Literatures


Political Sciences



Theology and Religious Studies


Other Academic Entities:

Academic Affairs

Center for Global Leadership

Center for Multicultural Affairs

Center for Peace and Justice Education

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Nursing

Concentration in Writing and Rhetoric
Falvey Library

Honors program

Institute of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

International Studies

Office of University Communication

Office for Mission Effectiveness

Office of Student Development

Office of Student Life


Outside sources:

Middle East Center of the Univ. of Pennsylvania

Middle East Studies Initiative, Bryn Mawr College

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