Akbar S. Ahmed
Dr. Ahmed is the Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, DC. His research interests include the impact of global Islam on contemporary society and inter-faith dialogue.
Email him at ahmed [at] islam-democracy [dot] org.
Maria Luisa Bartolomei
Dr. Bartolomei is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Sociology of Law, Lund University, in Sweden. Her research interests are general human rights in the third world and Latin America, human rights as they are connected to legal cultures and globalization, and indigenous children’s rights in Latin America. She is currently developing two new internet courses: “Human Rights and Legal Development” in collaboration with several universities in South Africa, India and Argentina; and “Human Rights in Europe” together with the University of Lithuania.
Contact her at: Maria_Luisa [dot] Bartolomei [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
Dr. Bakar is the Malaysia Chair of Islam in Southeast Asia at The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. His research interests include Southeast Asian Islam, particularly Malaysian-Indonesian Islam, globalization, and contemporary Islamic thought.
Email him at obb [at] georgetown [dot] edu
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Adrian College in Michigan and is currently on the executive board of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, Washington DC. Dr Khan has published numerous research articles on the subjects of international relations, globalization, American foreign policy and Islam. Dr. Khan is also the founder and editor of Ijtihad “an e-zine on Islam and global affairs that seeks to promote freedom of thought (hurriyah al-ra’y) and independent thinking (ijtihad) among Muslims everywhere.”
For more information, visit http://www.glocaleye.org/resume.htm
Dr. Monshipouri is the Executive Director of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis (CIRA), an independent and non-profit educational organization designed to generate and publicize scholarly research on developments in Iran and the Middle East. He is also the Chair of the Political Science Department at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. He has studied the abrupt democratization of Third World countries and the effect this process has on Human Rights. Dr. Monshipouri’s publications include Islamism, Secularism, and Human Rights in the Middle East (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998), and, more recently, the volume Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (eds. Mahmood Monshipouri, Neil Englehart, Andrew J. Nathan, and Kavita Philip, Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 2003).
To learn more about CIRA, visit their website at http://faculty.quinnipiac.edu/libarts/monshipouri/cira/.
Contact Dr. Monshipouri via email at Mahmood [dot] monshipour [at] quinnipiac [dot] edu.
Dr. Muzaffar is a professor at the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He is the President of the Malaysian based international NGO, International Movement for a Just World (JUST), which seeks to raise public consciousness on the moral and intellectual basis of global justice. Dr. Muzaffar�s research interests include religion and human rights, Malaysian politics, and Malaysian politics.
Visit the JUST website for more information at http://www.just-international.org.
M. Hakan Yavuz
M. Hakan Yavuz is the Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame University. He is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and a frequent commentator in the Turkish media. His work focuses on Islamic conceptions of human rights, the politics of identity, and the impact of globalization on developing countries. Dr. Yavuz is particularly interested in its implications for the evolution of modernist thinking in the Islamic world as a whole and for future relations between Islam and the West.
Email him at hakan [dot] yavuz [at] poli-sci [dot] utah [dot] edu.