ICAR Presents ‘Behind the Cartoon Controversy’

Posted: March 8, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) will present a public forum on the Muhammad cartoons controversy on Thursday, March 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Original Building, Room 244, of the Arlington Campus.

After opening remarks summarizing the course and current status of the dispute, speakers will address the underlying sources, nature and dynamics of the Western-Muslim conflict, concluding with a discussion of how these issues can be addressed creatively by journalists, scholars and policymakers.

Speakers are:

  • Peter Mandaville, assistant professor of government and politics in the department of Public and International Affairs and director of the Center for Global Studies. He is the author of “Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma.”
  • Neamat Nojumi, a doctoral candidate at ICAR, former leader of the Mujhadeen in the Afghan war against Soviet occupation and peacemaker active in Afghanistan.
  • Nadim Rouhana, the Henry Hart Rice Chair of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at ICAR, a leading practitioner of conflict resolution in the Middle East and the author of several books, including the forthcoming “Truth and Reconciliation: The Right of Return in the Context of Past Injustice.”
  • Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at ICAR and author of several books, including the forthcoming “Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah.”
  • Milton Viorst, a former correspondent for the Washington Post, expert on the Middle East and author of “In the Shadow of the Prophet: The Struggle for the Soul of Islam,” among other books.

For more information, see the ICAR web site, call 703-993-1307 or e-mail Richard Rubenstein at rrubenst@gmu.edu.

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