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Islam & World Affairs

Islam and World Affairs

Quote from our student

"The Islam & World Affairs Program allowed me to focus on my greatest interests.  The combination of the seminar, guest speakers, overseas trip, and internship gave me a valuable and comprehensive experience I could not have found anywhere else." Sara Vakulskas, Santa Clara University

Washington Semester students met with Ertugrul Uslu, leader of the ruling AK Party in Konya, Turkey

Sample Guest Speakers

  • Saad Hayel Al-Sorour, Jordan’s Minister of Interior (domestic security)
  • Ertugrul Uslu, head of Konya AKP, the ruling party in Turkey
  • Serhat Aksen, Head of Americas Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
  • Sami El-Nibr, Head of Negotiations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jordan
  • Ambassador Gaafar Allaganey, former Saudi Arabian Representative to the UN
  • Ali Aldean Hilal, Information Director, National Democratic Party, Egypt
  • Mamdouh Al-Abbadi, Jordanian Member of Parliament
  • Mona Markram-Ebeid, former Member of Parliament and al-Wafd Party candidate to the 2010 parliamentary election in Egypt
  • Stephen Grand, Director, U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Gamal Abd Al-Gawad, Director of Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies, Cairo
  • Hamdy El-Sayed, Member of Parliament in Egypt and President of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate
  • Emre Celik, President of the Rumi Forum, Washington, DC.
  • Jamal Baadani, First Sergeant (Retired), United States Marine Corps and President of Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in the Military
  • Father Nabil Haddad, Executive Director, Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center
  • Sayyid Muhammad Syeed, National Director of the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances of the Islamic Society of North America
  • Suhail M. Khan, Board Member of the American Conservative Union and Senior Fellow for Christian-Muslim Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement
  • Haris Tarin, Director of Washington, DC Office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
  • Jameel Johnson, Former Chief of Staff of Congressman Gregory Meeks and President of Prince George’s Muslim Council, Maryland
  • Mahasen Al-Jaghoub, Director of Center for Women Studies, Jordan University
  • Ibrahim Najm, Advisor to Egypt’s Mufti, Dar al-Ifta’
  • Royal Al Albayt Foundation of Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan
  • Islamic Center, Washington, DC