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Monday, March 16, 2009

I was sent an interesting invitation to a discussion on extremism and madrassaha. I checked with the organisers, and this is not a private event (although pre-booking is required). I also had there permission to post it here. You can also check out the Brooking's website here.


A Brookings Doha Center Policy Discussion with:

Saleem H. Ali

Visiting Fellow, Brookings Doha Center

Robert G. Wirsing

Visiting Professor, Georgetown School of Foreign Service Qatar

Moderated by

Hady Amr

Director, Brookings Doha Center

Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

6:00 – 8:00 pm

At the Brookings Doha Center

West Bay, Doha, State of Qatar

This Brookings Doha Center Policy Discussion will focus on the perceived nexus of education and extremism in Pakistani madrassahs. Dr. Saleem H. Ali, the first visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and the author of the recent book Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassahs (published in 2009 by Oxford University Press), will discuss his research on Pakistani madrassahs, potential links these Islamic educational institutions may have to the rise of militancy in the region, and the perceived ongoing conflict between Islam and the West. He will be joined by Dr. Robert Wirsing, who is currently a Visiting Professor the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar and has conducted extensive research on Pakistan as well.

Attendance requires pre-registration. To reserve a place for yourself and/or a guest, please RSVP with the names of those who wish to attend to DohaCenter@Brookings.edu or call the Brookings Doha Center at +974-4227800. Simultaneous Arabic translation will be available.

The Brookings Doha Center is a project of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Launched in 2007, the Brookings Doha Center undertakes independent policy-oriented events and research on the socio-economic and geo-political issues facing the Muslim world, including relations with the U.S. http://www.brookings.edu/DohaCenter

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