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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Participants - Fulbright June 2003

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Fulbright Participants

Dr. Emran Hossain
Professor, Department of History
Chittagong University
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PAO: Karl Fritz,

Dr. Hossain received his Ph.D. in Islamic History in 1990 from Chittagong University in Bangladesh, where he has taught for over two decades. His principal interests include the Muslim Intelligentsia of Bengal and the cultural and political aspects of Muslim society in general, past and present. Recent scholarly work includes studies of journals from the British period and their depiction of Muslims. Dr. Hossain is also currently involved in a study of the correlation between the principles of Islam and Modernism.


Dr. Mohammed Redouane Aboueddahab
Professor of American Studies
Lyon II University

Dr. Aboueddahab received his Ph.D. from Lyon II University in 1993, specializing in American Minorities, Modern American Studies, and African-American Literature. He has published works on the author Ernest Hemmingway, attended a Fulbright Summer Institute Program on American Literature in 1994, and is President of a Franco-Moroccan welfare and cultural association that aims at facilitating the integration of the Moroccan community in French society. His current interests include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as broadening the dialogue with the Muslim world on religious and cultural issues.


Dr. Raj Sekhar Basu
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Rabindra Bharati University

Dr. Basu received his B.A. from Jadavpur University in 1985 and his M.A. from Calcutta University in 1989. His Ph.D. dissertation, which was submitted in December of 2002, is entitled, "Socio-Cultural Transformation of the Christian Communities—Pulayar and Paraiyars in South India." Dr. Basu’s work includes studies of religion and poverty in Brazil, medical missionaries in South India, and Christianity in India.


Ms. Aisha Mahmood Farooqui
Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Studies
Osmania University

Ms. Farooqui is currently working on her Ph.D. from Osmania University with a dissertation entitled, "Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's Response to Modernization: A Study of His Religious Ideas." She is a life member of the Indo-American Center for International Studies in Hyderabad, India, and a member of the Indian History Congress. Ms. Farooqui’s areas of interest include Muslims in India, and Women and Culture Studies. She teaches courses on Muslim socio-political thought, the development of Muslim thought in India, and modern trends in Islam.


Ms. Yayah Khisbiyah
Full-time Lecturer, Faculty of Psychology
Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta

Professor Khisbiyah has studied in England, Sweden, Austria, Indonesia and the United States, receiving her M.A. from the University of Massachusetts in 1997. She is a member of several professional groups, including the World Conference on Religion and Peace and the Indonesian Society for the Study of Social Sciences. She has published articles on nonviolent communication, Indonesian and Western feminism, and popular culture. Professor Khisbiyah’s recent work focuses on the need for greater tolerance of ethnic and religious diversity within Indonesian multicultural communities.


Mr. Hasnul Arifin Melayu
Lecturer of Islamic Studies, Islamic Law Faculty
State Institute of Islamic Studies

Mr. Melayu received his M.A. in Islamic Studies from McGill University in Canada in 2000. His recent publications include “Formalization of Islamic Law,” “Hisbah: An Alternative Solution in Applying Islamic Law,” and “Islam and Nationalism in the Thought of Tjokroaminoto.” He currently teaches courses on Islam, Islamic Law and Politics.


Mr. Abd. Malek Munip b. Md. Khaldun
Lecturer, Department of Politics and Administration
University of Malaya

Professor Khaldun graduated from the University of Edinburgh, U.K., in 1996 and received an Mst (Master of Studies) in the Study of Religion from the University of Oxford. He teaches courses in Comparative Politics and Political Theory, and is an Executive Council Member of the Young Professional Consultative Society of Malaysia. His interests include Religion, Politics, and the development of American Pragmatism.


Mr. Levent Ermek
The Netherlands
Executive Board Member, Youth Wing
The Christian Democratic Appeal

Mr. Ermek received his B.A. in Technical Business Administration in 1999, and his M.A. in Strategic Management from Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 2002. He is currently a politician whose principal interests lie in politics, pluralism, tolerance and religion.


Dr. Adam Muhammad Ajiri
Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Arabic and Islamic   Studies
University of Maiduguri
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CAO: Dehab Ghebreab

Dr. Muhammad has taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Maiduguri since 1983. He received his M.A. in Modern Development and Islam from Bayero University in 1988, and his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies in 2002. He is a member of the Academic Staff Association of Universities and of the Nigerian Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies. His published articles include “Ibn Hazm and Why He is Regarded as a Second Teacher of Zahiri Madhhab,” “Some Aspects of Maududi’s Contributions to Modern Islamic Thought,” and “Islamic Resistance to British Colonial Domination: The Borno Experience.”


Ms. Sadia Mahmood
Instructor of Comparative Religion
The Fatima Jinnah Women’s University

Ms. Mahmood is currently completing her M.A. in Comparative Religion from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. She has written a number of articles and reviews, including "Interfaith Harmony: A Pre-Requisite for Country's Development," "Islam in the West: An Opinion of the Veiled," and a review of "Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil: Challenging Historical and Modern Stereotypes." Apart from her postgraduate studies, Ms. Mahmood is also an instructor of Comparative Religion at the Fatima Jinnah Women’s University.


Mr. Emir Robertson Espano
The Philippines
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, College of Arts and   Sciences
Ateneo De Zamboanga University

Professor Espao received his M.A. in Theological Studies from Ateneo De Manila University in 1985. He now teaches Religious Studies at Ateneo De Zamboanga University, an institution that plays a crucial role in fostering the Christian-Muslim dialogue. Professor Espao is also a member of the Ministry of Teaching Foundation, and is also active with the Institute of Cultural Studies for Western Mindanao and the Ateneo Peace Institute.


Mr. Ibrahima Badiane
Secretary General
The Islamic Institute of Dakar
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CAO Stephen Taylor

Mr. Badiane received a Master’s degree in Law in 1979 from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. Before serving in his current position, he served as Deputy Director and Senior Authorized Representative to the Sen. Mecano Company, and as Head of the Administrative Division for the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research. He is an active member of the Senegalese Jurists’ Association and the Association for Peace Promotion in Africa, and has published numerous articles on criminal law, Senegalese politics, and religion.


Dr. Mohd Mukhlis Abu Bakar
Teaching Fellow, National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Abu Bakar received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the University of Wales at Bangor. He is a member of the Center for Contemporary Islamic Studies in Singapore, and has written on education, language and recent trends in Islamic religious schools in Singapore. Dr. Mukhlis is also an active grassroots leader in the Malay-Muslim community in Singapore.


Dr. Gert Johannes Alwyn Lubbe
South Africa
Associate Professor, Dept. of Classical, Near, Far Eastern and Religious Studies
University of South Africa

Dr. Lubbe is considered an expert in Islam, Islamic Law, Arabic Studies and the Qur’an. He received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of South Africa with a dissertation on the application of Islamic Law in non-Muslim environments. He was elected President of the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa in 2002. Dr. Lubbe has also published widely. His work includes the articles “Religio-political Changes in South Africa,” “Religious Nationalism Confronting the Secular State,” and “Living and Serving Humanity in a World of Religious Pluralism.”


Dr. Azize Mezeyyen Ozguven
Professor and Chairperson, American Studies Department
Dokuz Eylul University

Dr. Ozguven received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Istanbul University in English Literature. She is member of the Henry James Society, the American Studies Association, the Blake Society, and the Thomas Hardy Society, among others. Her article "Two Mystic Poets: Yunus Emre and William Blake" was published in Harvard University’s Journal of Turkish Studies in 1996. Dr. Ozguven’s interests center on English Literature, American politics and culture, and religion.


Mr. Abdullah Muwendo Jakana
Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Faculty of Islamic Studies and   Arabic Language
Islamic University in Uganda

Mr. Jakana received an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Bayero University in Nigeria in 1995, and has also studied extensively in Saudi Arabia. He is a member of several professional associations, including the Muslim World League Teachers Association, and has written on Islam, Education, and Politics.