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December 17, 2007

Symposium on Global Development and Faith-Inspired Organizations in the Muslim World

In December 2007, the Berkley Center and Center for International and Regional Studies at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar hosted a symposium in Doha on the role of faith-based organizations in global development in the Muslim World. The meeting brought together a combination of practitioners and leading academics to review major issues facing the modern Muslim world. Discussions at the Doha meeting centered on the issues of expanding knowledge of institutional arrangements and trends in Muslim majority developing countries, forming relationships among public, private, and religiously inspired actors, fundraising in the post-September 11 world, and the broad issues of children, education, health, and gender. The review focused on how emerging institutions in the Muslim world, especially those with explicit links to faith, are approaching issues of social and economic development.
The consultation was the second in a series of geographically-focused explorations undertaken by the Berkley Center, with support from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, whose objective is both to increase knowledge about institutions and their work and to identify and explore emerging policy issues.

View Background Review: "'Mapping' Social and Economic Development Work in the Muslim World"

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Azhari Gasim Ahmed, Senior Economist, Islamic Development Bank
Dr. Hany El Banna, Co-founder and President, Islamic Relief Worldwide

Also interviewed:
Amadou Cisse, Islamic Development Bank
Marie Juul Petersen and Sara Lei Sparre, Danish Institute for International Studies

Featuring

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center's program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a visiting professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

Mehran Kamrava

Mehran Kamrava

Mehran Kamrava is the director of the Center for International and Regional Studies and interim dean at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Kamrava's publications include, among others, Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (2013), Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (2008), The Modern Middle East: A Political History Since the First World War (2005), and The New Voices of Islam: Reforming Politics and Modernity: A Reader (2006). He earned his B.A. from California State University Northridge and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Participants

Azhari Gasim Ahmed

Dr. Azhari Gasim Ahmed is Senior Economist at the Islamic Development Bank, where he works on the bank's Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, a dedicated poverty reduction fund. He studied at the University of Khartoum, graduating with Honors...
Hady Amr

Hady Amr

Hady Amr is director of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His expertise includes: US relations with the Islamic World; Arab-Israeli...
Mona Atia

Mona Atia

Mona Atia is assistant professor of Geography and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Her main interest lies in the intersection of civil society, geopolitics, and financial...
Roksana Bahramitash

Roksana Bahramitash

Roksana Bahramitash is director of research for the Canada Research Chair in Islam, Pluralism and Globalization at the University of Montreal. She previously worked as Faculty Lecturer on Gender and Environment with the Simone de Beauvoir...
Noureddine Benmalek

Noureddine Benmalek

Noureddine Benmalek works for the High Communication Authority in Morocco, which he joined in 2005, and is an expert on Islamist organizations and their involvement in social work and politics. At the High Communication Authority, his...
Patrice Brodeur

Patrice Brodeur

Patrice Brodeur is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism, and Globalization at the University of Montreal. He has studied interreligious conflict and dialogue, particularly in the context of Israeli-Palestinian...
Amadou Boubacar Cissé

Amadou Boubacar Cissé

Amadou Boubacar Cissé is the former Prime Minister of Niger, serving briefly in 2005 and from December 1996 to November 1997, and now works as Vice President for Operations at the Islamic Development Bank. Cissé has been widely named as a...

Paul Dhalla

Dr. Paul Dhalla is a scholar at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where he has worked since 2000, and has done extensive fieldwork across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Several projects have focused on the work of the Aga Khan...
Hany El-Banna

Hany El-Banna

Dr. Hany El-Banna is the founder and president of the Humanitarian Forum, which seeks to build bridges between Muslim and non-Muslim NGOs worldwide. He is also co-founder and former president of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), an international...
Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Saad Eddin Ibrahim is Wallerstein Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Drew University and a prominent Egyptian-American human rights activist. After three years in exile, Ibrahim returned to Egypt for the first time in August 2010. He previously was...
Omnia Nour

Omnia Nour

Omnia Nour has served as director of Reach Out To Asia, a Qatari organization founded in November 2005 by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to focus on improving educational opportunities in Asia; it is part of the Qatar Foundation family. Born in...
Marie Juul Petersen

Marie Juul Petersen

Marie Juul Petersen is a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen studying religion, philanthropy, and development, with a focus on international humanitarian Muslim NGOs (she is scheduled to complete her degree in October 2010). She earned an...
Sara Lei Sparre

Sara Lei Sparre

Sara Lei Sparre is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, and her thesis research is focused on social activism among Egyptian youth. She previously was a research assistant with the Danish Institute for...
Hasan Ali Yurtsever

Hasan Ali Yurtsever

Dr. Hasan Ali Yurtsever is an instruction coordinator with Niagara Educational Services and an executive board member of the American Islamic College. From 2004-09 he has served as President of the Rumi Forum, which promotes interfaith and...