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Middle East


History of Islam
Ariel Salzmann
Ariel Salzmann, professor of Islamic and World History, can address the depiction of Islam in the Western media, as well as broad political issues concerning the Middle East and the Mediterranean, placing current inter-state relationships in historical perspective. She has lived in Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey and can provide insights into the impact of U.S. intervention there as well as in Iraq.  Other topics that she is able to speak on are the rise of religious parties throughout the Middle East, cultural politics, women's rights, and the situation of Muslim minorities in Western and south eastern Europe.
Salzmann has carried out research in Iran and Turkey. Her academic studies are interdisciplinary in nature and have a special focus on political economy, the emergence of modern states, and relations between religious communities.  Among her many achievements is the highly respected (U.S.) Endowment for the Humanities grant for her program, Muslim Europe: The Changing Contours of the West, which covered the Muslim presence in Europe from 8th century Spain to contemporary migrants in Berlin, Paris and London.  As45@post.queensu.ca(613) 533-2150
Israeli-Palestinian relations
Oded Haklai Oded Haklai, Assistant Professor with Queen’s Department of Political Studies, only just returned from northern Israel. He is able to speak on the current ‘war zone’ in relation to his scholarly work, which is centred on Israeli - Palestinian conflict, society, and politics, and conflict regulation strategies.
Dr. Haklai will publish a forthcoming paper in Comparative Political Studies in June 2007 entitled “Religious-Nationalist Mobilization and State Penetration: Lessons from Jewish Settlers' Activism in Israel and the West Bank.” He recently presented “The Illegal Outposts and Settler Mobilization” at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies. Other relevant publications include: “Authoritarianism and Legitimacy: Mobilizing Islam in the Middle East”, in the University of New Brunswick Law Journal (June 2006), “Palestinian NGOs in Israel: A Campaign for Civic Equality or “Ethnic Civil Society”?”  in Israel Studies (September 2004), and “Linking Ideas and Opportunities in Contentious Politics: The Israeli Non-parliamentary Opposition to the Peace Process,” in the Canadian Journal of Political Science (September 2003).(613) 533-6246haklai@post.queensu.ca  Elia ZureikElia Zureik, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, is an expert on the Middle East, with special focus on Israeli-Palestinian relations.Dr. Zureik has appeared before the United Nations and Canadian Parliamentary committees to provide expert testimony on the Middle East, and presented seminars and lectures at the US Council on Foreign Relations in New York, The US Defense College in Washington D.C., the Canadian Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and at numerous universities in Canada, the US, Britain, Norway, Israel, and Palestine.He is the author of The Palestinians in Israel (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979), which was favourably reviewed in the New York Review of Books, and Palestinian Refugees and the Peace Process (Institute for Palestine Studies, 1996). He is the co-editor of Constructing Order: Palestinian Adaptations to Refugee Life (Institute for Applied Social Science, Oslo, Norway, 1997), Sociology of the Palestinians (St. Martin's Press 1980), and Public Opinion and the Palestine Question (St. Martin's Press, 1987). His articles on the Middle East have appeared in international journals including International Journal of Middle East Studies and International Journal of the Sociology of Law.
613-533-2167zureike@post.queensu.ca (best available via email)
Middle Eastern cinema
Dorit Naaman
Dr. Naaman, expert in Middle East cinema, can speak about how cinema has shaped social and political notions of the Middle East in North America, and how preconceptions in the western world are now playing out with respect to current world events. More specifically, she can comment on the discrepancy between an expectation created by North American media as to how the Iraqis would act in the face of attack and how they have actually responded.
Some highlights of Dr. Naaman’s career include: "In The Name of the Nation: Images of Palestinian and Israeli Women Fighters," in Killing Women (anthology, eds. A. Burfoot & S. Lord-forthcoming, 2003); "Re-"Producing" the Middle East for Metropolitan Audiences: The Challenges of the Transnational Art Film" co-authored with Livia Alexander, in World Literature Today (ed. Stephen Prince, forthcoming)
naamand@post.queensu.ca (613) 533-6000 ext. 78165
Impact of fighting on international businessDavid Detomasi David Detomasi of Queen’s School of Business can speak to how events in the Middle East affect international business, including the oil industry. He is an expert on international political economy, American and Canadian foreign policy, and security-related matters for multinational corporations that operate in the area of the Middle East. Dr. Detomasi is writing a book on government-business relations in Canada. He also acts as a consultant for Deloitte Touche, Tohmatsu and the World Economic Forum on global corporate governance practices. 613-533-6989ddetomasi@business.queensu.ca History of Middle East and IslamAdnan Husain Adnan Husain, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, can speak to the history and politics of the Middle East, including the current conflicts in Gaza and Lebanon. He is also available to comment about Islam and its relation to other religions and communities in the Middle East and West. Adnan recently co-edited and wrote the introduction to a volume entitled A Faithful Sea: Religious Cultures of the Mediterranean, 1200-1700. He also has a forthcoming monograph from the University of Pennsylvania, entitled Identity Polemics: Interreligious Encounters with Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean World.(613) 549-6830 (home)(613) 483-2047 (cell)(613) 533-6000 ext. 74367 (office)ah28@post.queensu.ca
Politics of the Gulf Region and Turkey
Wayne CoxPolitical Studies Professor Wayne Cox is an expert on Turkey and on the Gulf Region – Iraq, Iran, Syria – and the Kurds. He can speak on the impact of the current fighting in the region on these stakeholders.He is working as a research associate in Queen’s Centre for International Relations working on The Kurdish Conflict in Turkey: Social Hegemony and Identity Politics in a Transitional War and is the co-editor of Critical Reflections on International Relations.613-533-6247coxw@post.queensu.ca For more information or to arrange an interview call Communications Officers Sarah Withrow 613-533-3280 or Lorinda Peterson 613-533-3234. Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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