Palestine, Iran and Syria Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion on Palestine, Iran and Syria

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121 (campus map)

The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies' panel discussion, Palestine, Iran and Syria, will be part of San Francisco State University’s International Education Week. The panel, featuring Professors As’ad Abu Khalil, Mohammad Azadpur, Hatem Bazian and Rabab Abdulhadi, will be moderated by Peabody Award winning producer Jamal Dajani. The panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, November 18, 7 - 9:45 p.m., at the SF State Library, Room 121.



  • Are we witnessing a third Palestinian Intifada?
  • How do we frame and understand the nuclear agreement between Iran and the West?
  • What is happening in Syria?
  • How do regional developments such as Iran's nuclear agreement and the Syrian civil war impact and affect Palestine?


Moderator: Jamal Dajani

Mr. Jamal Dajani is a Peabody award-winning producer and an independent journalist. He's the co-founder of Arab Talk Radio and former Vice President of Middle East & North Africa (MENA) at Internews. Previously, Mr. Dajani was Vice President of International News at Link TV, where co-created Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, winner of the prestigious Peabody Award in 2004. Dajani has produced several current affairs programs and documentaries which were broadcast on Link TV and PBS stations. He has published numerous articles on the Middle East and has been featured on many news outlets and publications including ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera and the New York Times.

Rabab Abdulhadi, Ph.D.

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies and Senior Scholar of Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Before joining SF State, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She received her BA (Summa Cum Laude) in Special Honors Curriculum, Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hunter College in New York and her MA, MPhil and PhD from Yale University. A co-founder and Editorial Board member of the Islamophobia Studies Journal, she co-authored Mobilizing Democracy: Changing US Policy in the Middle East, and co-editor Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence and Belonging, winner of the 2012 Evelyn Shakir National Arab American non-fiction Book Award, and a special issue of MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies special issue on gender, nation and belonging (2005). Her work has appeared in Al-Shabaka; Gender and Society; Radical History Review; Peace Review; Journal of Women's History; Taiba: Women and Cultural Discourses; Cuadernos Metodologicos: Estudio de Casos; This Bridge We Call Home; New World Coming: The 1960s and the Shaping of Global Consciousness; Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life in America; The Guardian, Al-Fajr; Womanews; Palestine Focus; Voice of Palestinian Women; and several Arabic language publications, such as Falasteen Al-Thahwra; Al-Hadaf; and Al-Hurriyah.

Mohammad Azadpur, Ph.D.

Dr. Mohammad Azadpur is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University. He is the author of Reason Unbound: On Spiritual Practice in Islamic Peripatetic Philosophy (SUNY Press, 2011), which was the subject of a 2012 Pacific APA Author-Meets-Critics session. His new book, now in partial draft form, engages Analytic neo-Hegelians (Sellars, Brandom, and McDowell) and Islamic Peripatetics (mainly Avicenna) in rethinking foundationalism and intentionality. Another line of research explores the primacy of ethics from Ancient Greek philosophy to twentieth century figures such as Heidegger, Hadot and Foucault. In addition to publishing a steady stream of journal articles and book chapters, Azadpur is editing a collection of representative works of Islamic Peripatetics, to appear as part of a sourcebook that spans the various medieval traditions of philosophy. It is titled Traditions of Philosophy in the Middle Ages: A Multicultural Sourcebook (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

Hatem Bazian, Ph.D.

Dr. Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. Dr. Bazian is also a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an adjunct professor of law at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. He teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Bazian served as a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California from 2001 to 2007 and as an adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In Spring 2009, Dr. Bazian founded the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at UC Berkeley's Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. In Spring 2012, he launched the Islamophobia Studies Journal, which is published bi-annually through a collaborative effort between the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia, and Zaytuna College. In addition to academic work, Dr. Bazian is a weekly columnist for the Turkish Daily Sabah Newspaper and Turkey Agenda online magazine. Dr. Bazian is founder and national Chair of American Muslims for Palestine, board member of the Islamic Scholarship Fund and the Muslim Legal Fund of America, President of Dollar for Deen Charity, and Chair of the Northern California Islamic Council.

As’ad AbuKhalil, Ph.D.

Dr. As’ad AbuKhalil is a Professor at California State University, Stanislaus and was briefly a visiting professor at UC Berkeley. He has also taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Of his most prominent publications are Historical Dictionary of Lebanon (1998), Laden, Islam & America's New "War on Terrorism" (2002), The Battle For Saudi Arabia: Royalty, Fundamentalism, and Global Power (2004), and his very popular blog, the Angry Arab News Service launched in September 2003. The name of the blog is taken from a phrase used by a TV producer to describe AbuKhalil's perspective. According to the Los Angeles Times, the blog is "known for its sarcastic but knowledgeable commentary," and "stands out for its sense of humor in the dour left-wing landscape." Ken Silverstein writes that the blog often becomes "a furious stream of consciousness that lacks paragraph breaks or other typographic niceties" (though AbuKhalil is nevertheless "a terrific writer and an insightful political analyst"). Commenting on his own coverage of the Syrian civil war, journalist Glenn Greenwald said "I've often cited As'ad AbuKhalil as a great source on all matters Middle East and - without adopting all or even most of what he has said - he covers Syria almost every day and does it very well."