Palestine, Iran and Syria Panel Discussion

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."

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