Cairo Workshops Program

Politics of Religious Freedom:
Contested Norms and Local Practices in the Middle East and North Africa

Henry Luce Foundation Initiative on Religion and International Affairs

(Cairo Program PDF)

Cairo Marriott Hotel
The View Meeting Room
January 9 – 10, 2013
Peter Danchin, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood, & Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Wednesday, January 9

0900 – 0920    Coffee, tea and pastries will be served in The View Meeting Room
0920 – 0940     WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS (10 minutes each)

Saba Mahmood, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

0940 – 1100     Panel I: Egypt and Religious Freedom (20 minutes each)

Hossam Bahgat, Executive Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
“Introduction to current debate on religious freedom in Egypt”

Adel Rafeah, Lawyer, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights
“Key recent cases in Egypt”

– Magdi Guirguis, Fellow at Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Kafrelshiekh University
“Dialogue between Mosques’ Minarets and Church Towers in Egypt”

Paul Sedra, Associate Professor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University
“Copts and the Millet Partnership: The Intra-Communal Dynamics Behind Egyptian Sectarianism”

1100 – 1200     Comments (15 minutes) and Discussion (45 minutes)

Commentator: Mariz Tadros, Fellow with the participation team specializing in the politics and human development of the Middle East, Institute of Development Studies

Discussion moderated by Saba Mahmood

1200 – 1330     LUNCH

1330 – 1450     PANEL II:  Comparative Perspectives (20 minutes each)

Catherine Adcock, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, Washington University of St Louis
“Indian Secularism as Tolerance: Religious Freedom Debates of the 1920s”

Maya Mikdashi, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University
“Sex and Sectarianism: Recognition and the Disarticulation of Maddhab/Sect and Sex/ Gender in Lebanon”

Noah Salomon, Assistant Professor of Religion, Carleton College
“Religion after the State: The Creation of a Muslim Minority in South Sudan”

Nadia Marzouki, Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy
“Nahda and religious freedom, between state and society”

1450 – 1550     Comments (15 minutes) and Discussion (45 minutes)

Commentator: Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University

Discussion moderated by Beth Hurd

1830-2200     DINNER – Please join us for dinner at Sequoia.  Please meet in the Marriott lobby at 1830.  Vans will depart at 1845.

Thursday, January 10

0900 – 0925     Coffee, tea and pastries will be served in the View Meeting Room

0925 – 1015     Panel 3: International Politics and Legal Debates (25 minutes each)

Nehal Bhuta, Professor of Public International Law, European University Institute
“Two concepts of religious freedom in the European Court of Human Rights”

Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University
“US Evangelicals and the Politics of Slave Redemption as Religious Freedom”

1015 – 1130     Comments (15 minutes each) and Discussion (45 minutes)

Alessandro Ferrari, Department of Law and Economics of Firms and Persons, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria
Amr Shalakany, Assistant Professor of Civil Law, American University, Cairo Egypt

Discussion moderated by Peter Danchin

1200 – 1330     LUNCH

1330 – 1430     Roundtable discussion

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Professor of Religious Studies and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, and Affiliate Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington
Peter Danchin, Director, International and Comparative Law Program, University of Maryland School of Law

Rapporteur: Mona Oraby, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

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About the Cairo Workshop
Cairo Participants and Abstracts
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