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DC: Muslim Women Discuss Human Rights


Washington, D.C: Monday July 2, 2007

“Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights,” a DC-based non-profit organization, will host the opening of its fifth annual Law and Leadership Summer Program for Muslim women in the Mansfield room of the Capitol Building from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Monday,
July 9th. Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a globally renowned scholar of Islam, will address the topic of Human Rights in Islam.

His audience will be primarily a group of 25 Muslim women selected from around the world for their leadership qualities. These women hail from countries as far as Belgium, Holland, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Senegal. They also include women from Canada, and various parts of the United States. Members of Congress and staff have been invited to attend.

Dr. Nasr, a University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, has authored more than twenty-eight books and over 200 articles in his life time. His academic career spans the globe, including teaching and lecturing at Princeton University, New York University, Tehran University in Iran and many other outstanding academic institutions. Additionally, he has delivered lectures throughout the world. Dr. Nasr is one of the foremost scholars of Islam and Human Rights in the world.

The Law and Leadership Summer Program (LLSP) is an intensive program designed to educate Muslim women about legal issues of importance to them, and to develop further their leadership qualities. The participants attend three weeks of thought-provoking programs, including lectures and cover a multitude of topics such as Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution, and Comparative Islamic and American Law. Established in 2002, LLSP influences how Muslim women at home and abroad approach their faith, understand their human rights, and exercise leadership.

Karamah is a charitable, educational organization that focuses on the domestic and global issues of human rights for Muslims, especially women. KARAMAH is committed to the principle that research and education are necessary tools for peaceful social change.

CONTACT: Raghida Haddad, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, (202) 234-7302 or (202) 234- 7304,,


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