The Friday Morning Lecture Series presents:

Syria: what is really going on?
with Dr. Deina Abdelkader
Friday, September 14, 2012, at 10 a.m.
in the McCarthy Meeting Room

Dr. Deina Abdelkader will discuss what is really going on in Syria - not just the day to day fighting but also the broader implications to the country and region. Dr. Deina Abdelkader will provide some historical background along with a balanced and objective assessment of the current situation. Following her presentation there will be time for questions.

Dr. Deina Abdelkader currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also taught at Tufts University, Bentley and Stonehill College. Dr. Abdelkader is a Comparitivist and International Relations specialist. Her scholarly interests and research focus on the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Democratization in the Muslim World, Islamic Activism and the Role of Muslim Women in Religious Interpretation.
She is the author of Social Justice in Islam (2000) and Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats (Pluto Press, May 2011).

Dr. Abdelkader is a member of several professional associations: The Middle East Studies Association, The Mediterranean Studies Association and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, The American Political Science Association, The Women’s Caucus at the American Political Science Association (APSA) and The Northeastern Political Science Association. She attended and presented in Conferences in each of those professional associations mostly in Europe, the United States and Africa. Dr. Abdelkader is also one of two women on the Islamic Jurisprudential Council of North America (Fiqh Council of North America).
Among her presentations and articles are:
• “Modernity and the Principle of Public Welfare” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (April 2003)
• “Jihad: Is It A Neglected Duty?” World Faiths Encounter (July 1996, No. 11)
• “Salam and Islam” World Faiths Encounter (July 1992, No.2)
• “Minorities at Risk: A Review of a Comparative Study” Al-Siyassa Al-Dawliya (October 1991)

Read about upcoming lectures at: http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/programs/programs/friday_morning_lectures.html