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Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies
Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15, 2005

Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike ~ Vienna, VA (703-448-1234)

(Other speakers may be added.)

FRIDAY, MAY 13

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. Conference Opening
6:35 - 8:15 p.m. Building Bridges of Understanding
Moderator: Ihsan Bagby
Omar Ahmad-CAIR Board Chairman
Sulaiman Nyang-Howard University
M. Cherif Bassiouni-International Human Rights Law Institute; Keynote

SATURDAY, MAY 14

Session 1

9:00 - 10:20 a.m. Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism in the Media
Objective:
Discuss the charge against the media that its coverage has reinforced fear of Islam among Americans and has fueled anti-Americanism among Muslims.

Moderator: Rabiah Ahmed
Hafiz Mirazi, Al-Jazeera Claude Salhani, United Press International Samer Shahata, Georgetown University

Session 2

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Anti-Americanism and U.S. Foreign Policy
Objective: Define the meaning and substance of anti-Americanism, distinguish anti-Americanism from legitimate social and political viewpoints, explore links between US foreign policy and rising anti-Americanism

Moderator: M. Nimer
Merve Kavakci, Former MP, Turkey Anatol Leiven, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Muqtedar Khan, Brookings Asma Afsaruddin, Notre Dame Mumtaz Ahmad, Hampton University


12:40 - 2:10 p.m. Lunch
Moderator: Nabil Sadoun
1:10 p.m. Chip Pitts-Amnesty International
1:50 p.m. Zuhr Prayer

Session 3

2:10 - 3:50 p.m. Islam and American Relations with the Muslim World
Objective: Define the meaning and substance of anti-Americanism, distinguish anti-Americanism from legitimate social and political viewpoints, explore links between US foreign policy and rising anti-Americanism

Moderator: Parvez Ahmed
Salaam Maryati, MPAC John Voll, Georgetown University Louis Cantori, Center for Study of Islam and Democracy Louay Safi, ISNA


Session 4

4:00 - 5:50 p.m.

Misconceptions about Christians and Muslims in Public Discourse
Objective:
To discuss the misconceptions in public discourse about Christians and Muslims as typified by common usage of simplistic labels such as Moderate, Conservative, Secularist, Fundamentalist, Modernist, Traditionalist etc. For example, as Muslims were described in the Rand Report.

Moderator: Asma Mobin-Uddin Richard Cizik, National Association of Evangelicals Scott Alexander, Catholic Theological Union James Jones, Manhattanville College Issam Omeish, MAS


5:40 - 6:30 p.m. Break
6:30 p.m. Asr Prayer


7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner
Moderator: Nihad Awad
7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Omar Ahmad
8:00 p.m. Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia: US and The Muslim World: Forging a New Symbiosis
8:40 p.m. Maghrib Prayer


SUNDAY, MAY 15

7 - 9 a.m. Breakfast
Session 5

9 - 10:40 a.m. Reasserting Mainstream Religious Values
Objective: Explore the rich diversity of mainstream voices and expound no how such voices can be part of mainstream policy and public discourse.


Moderator: Hussam Ayloush Muzammil Siddiqui, ISNA Mustafa Al Qazwini, Islamic Educational Center of Orange County Shanta Premawardhana, National Council of Churches Jamal Badawi, St, Mary�s University

Session 6

10:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Impact of Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism on Civil Rights and Policy-Making
Objective: Explore the rich diversity of mainstream voices and expound no how such voices can be part of mainstream policy and public discourse.

Moderator: Ahmad al Akhras Mary Rose Oakar, AADC Chip Pitts, Amnesty International Greg Nojeim, ACLU Arsalan Iftikhar, CAIR