WASHINGTON, April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — President Obama’s recent trip to the Muslim world within the first 100 days of his presidency highlights to many his firm commitment to improving relations with the Muslim world.
“We seek broader engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” the President said during a speech in Turkey, just before flying to Iraq. “We will listen carefully, we will bridge misunderstandings, and we will seek common ground.”
An upcoming conference in the metro-D.C. area, hosted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), will explore whether the current administration’s proposed policy changes indicate the beginning of a more positive relationship.
The conference, “How to Improve U.S.-Muslim Relations,” will bring policy experts and academics from around the world to discuss the challenges and promises ahead for the future of U.S.- Muslim relations, including the development of democracy in the Muslim world and the role of Islam in that process.
WHAT: CSID 10th Annual Conference, “How to Improve U.S.-Muslim Relations.”
WHEN: Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
WHERE: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
SPEAKERS: Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland; John Esposito, Georgetown University; Geneive Abdo, The Century Foundation; among many others.
SEE: www.islam-democracy.org for full program and registration.
“The Obama administration is off to a good start in terms of improving relations and understanding with the Muslim world, but there are several policy questions and issues that need to be considered before we can really see real progress. Our Conference will bring well-known scholars and experts from the US and the Muslim world to focus on specific changes and recommendations,” said Radwan A. Masmoudi, President of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.
Established in March 1999, CSID celebrates its 10th anniversary with this important conference, launching a new decade of work in creating a modern Islamic democratic discourse. The organization was founded by a diverse group of academicians, professionals, and activists from varied religious backgrounds, united by the conviction that Islam’s relationship to democracy is in dire need of greater understanding and clarification to facilitate a more fruitful cross-cultural dialogue.
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