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Separation of Religion and State:
The Muslim World and Civil Society

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Washington, DC


What should be the relationship between religion and government?

Should states accommodate shariah in family law?

How do the rights of women and religious minorities fair where
religious edicts are already integrated in national regimes?

Join us to hear a panel discussion on these issues and to participate in the Q&A period.


Henry L. Stimson Center
1111 19th Street, NW
 12th Floor
Washington D.C.
near red line metro stops
Dupont Circle and Farragut North

Free and Open to the Public

Reception will follow

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 23 to
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Elias Aoun, Esq. received his J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law and is an international lawyer with experience in multinational corporate litigation, technology related contracts, immigration law, and other legal disciplines. He has published numerous articles on Middle East issues in The Daily Star, a major newspaper based in Lebanon.

Dr. Katrin Michael worked as a political advisor for the Iraqi Kurdish opposition on women's issues from 1982 to 1989.  She has been published in more than 50 Arabic web sites, newspapers and magazines both inside the region and in the West.  In 2006 she also provided testimony at the Iraqi High Tribunal against Saddam Hussein's regime. She has been working with Kurdish Human Rights Watch since 2003. 

Peshwaz Faizulla is the editor of, the Kurdish language portion of the Atlas Network's Global Initiative web site. Prior to beginning this work, Faizulla was managing editor of Hawlati, the highest circulation newspaper in northern Iraq, and was on the editorial board of the independent news agency Voices of Iraq.


Cynthia Louise Butler is an attorney in private practice with twenty years of experience and a concentration in ADR, mediation/conflict resolution. She served on the Board of the United Nations Association-National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and assisted in their programs, including tours in Paris and Geneva visiting many NGOs and UN associated organizations.


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