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"Protest Contagion" -- Middle East Experts to Probe the Spread and Global Impact of Changing Politics in North Africa

-- Renowned Author Muhsin al-Musawi of Columbia University to Deliver Keynote Speech, "The Unsettling Narrative of the Arab Street" --

WHAT: "Protest Contagion: North Africa & the Middle East Today: A Symposium." The political and social changes in Tunisia, which sparked uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria, were groundbreaking. Not only did these protests successfully end the repression and government-inflicted violence resulting from decades of autocratic rule, but they also had a far-reaching impact throughout the Arab world.

Middle East experts from leading universities will explore the phenomenon of "revolutionary contagion," examining how changes in one country inspire other nations; the role of media in the Middle East protest movements; the rise in popularity and influence of Islamist political parties; and gender issues and national identity in the post-revolutionary period.

This conference has been organized by QC Comparative Literature Professor Andrea Khalil, a specialist in North African Studies.
WHERE: Dining Hall, Patio Room, Queens College: 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
Directions to the college:
3 pm Reception
4 – 6 pm Presentations followed by Q&A
Muhsin al-Musawi is a well-known literary critic throughout the Arab world and the West. He is the editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature and the author of 28 books in English and Arabic, including the forthcoming Arab Popular Revolutions: Staging Collective Will. He was also the recipient of the 2002 Owais award in literary criticism.
Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought & Life at Harvard University's Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Department and the Committee on the Study of Religion. Her most recent book is Islamism in Morocco: Religion, Authoritarianism, and Electoral Politics.
John P. Entelis, professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University. He is the author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications on the comparative and international politics of the Middle East and North Africa, including Islam, Democracy, and the State in North Africa. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of North African Studies.
Tarek El-Ariss, assistant professor of Arabic Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin. He is the author Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political, and editor of The Arab Renaissance: Literature, Culture, Media, both forthcoming later this year.
Rabia Souhail, QC undergraduate student
Moderator: Abdurrahman Atcil, QC professor of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies. He specializes in research on the bureaucracy of religious scholars and the development of various branches of Islamic religious studies in the Ottoman Empire.


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