Speakers

Nabil Adib Abdalla

Advocate and Human Rights Lawyer, Republic of Sudan. As a renowned human rights lawyer, Nabil Adib Abdalla is well aware of how even legal frameworks may allow for the discrimination against religious minorities. His daily work equips him with a unique perspective on the everyday realities of discrimination. (Photo © CSI) Talk Oxford, 8 June 2013 Discrimination against… Read more »

Taner Akçam

Professor of History; Robert Aram, Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Since 2008, Taner Akçam lectures at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he holds the chair of Armenian Genocide Studies. He was one of the first Turkish intellectuals to acknowledge and openly discuss the… Read more »

Cengiz Aktar

Senior Scholar at Istanbul Policy Center; former director at the United Nations. Cengiz Aktar is a leading voice in Turkey for democratic reform, including respect for the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, in accordance with EU standards. Born in Istanbul he graduated from the Lycée de Galatasaray and completed his tertiary education at Panthéon-Sorbonne,… Read more »

Madawi Al-Rasheed

Visiting Professor, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Madawi Al-Rasheed is a Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. Her research interests include gender, religion and politics, with a focus on the… Read more »

Sydney Assor

Head of the Moroccan Jewish Community in Britain. The Moroccan-born businessman Sydney Assor is the head of the Moroccan Jewish Community in Great Britain. He was the County Chairman (Surrey) of the Three Faiths Forum, which runs various programs to promote mutual understanding and strong relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs. Assor also… Read more »

Fabrice Balanche

Associate Professor, University of Lyon 2; Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Fabrice Balanche is an Associate Professor and Research Director at the University of Lyon 2 and a Visiting Fellow at The Washington Institute. He holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Tours. Balanche, who also directs the… Read more »

Bat Ye’or

Historian and writer. Bat Ye’or was born in Egypt and later became a British citizen. She dedicates her work to documenting the situation of religious minorities living in the Muslim world. Bat Ye’or is well-known for using the term “dhimmitude” as a description of the status of non-Muslims living in an Islamic state. In 1997… Read more »

Patrick Cockburn

Middle East correspondent for The Independent, UK. Award-winning Irish journalist Patrick Cockburn has been reporting from war zones in the Middle East since 1978. He is currently the Middle East correspondent for the British daily newspaper The Independent, and has previously reported from the Middle East for Financial Times. Cockburn has been awarded multiple prizes… Read more »

Marius Deeb

Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Marius Deeb, who received his doctorate from Oxford University, teaches Middle East Politics at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he taught at Indiana University, the American University of Beirut, and Georgetown University. He is a leading… Read more »

John Eibner

Human Rights Activist. CEO of CSI-USA, Member of the International Management of Christian Solidarity International. Dr. John Eibner is the CEO of Christian Solidarity International (USA), member of CSI’s International Management, and Director of CSI’s Middle East Program. For over 25 years, he has directed field-based research and human rights advocacy campaigns on behalf of… Read more »