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Release: April 24, 2003

Talk On Iraq, Human Rights & Democracy Is May 1

"Iraq, Human rights and Democratization of Arabic World" will be the focus of Abdullahi An-Na'im's lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in Room W10 of the
Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus. The event is co-sponsored by The
Association of Peaceful New Islamic Ideology, a University of Iowa student group,
and UI International Programs. The event is free and open to the public.

Currently a professor of law at Emory University, Atlanta, An-Na'im completed his master's degree in criminology from University of Cambridge, England, and later did his doctorate in law from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. An-Na'im has authored "Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights and International Law" and "Sudanese Criminal Law: General Principles of Criminal Responsibility" and has edited several books on human rights.

He was presented with the 1999 Award of Dr. J.P. Praagprijs by The Dutch Ethical Humanist Society for the widening of the international platform, adherence to and protection of human rights and for making an important contribution to the humanization of society. An-Na'im is currently working with colleagues from ISIM (a Dutch Institute based at Leiden University, the Netherlands) to implement a project called "Rights at Home", which seeks to promote human rights values from an Islamic perspective within the family and local community.

The Association of Peaceful Islamic Ideology is trying to promote the writings and ideology of Mahmoud Taha, a Sudanese thinker and Islamic reformer. He believed in non-violence, the co-existence of different religions and the importance of political action cutting across cultures. Taha was executed by the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Sudan in 1985 because of his beliefs and political activities.

An-Na'im worked with Taha's Islamic reform movement in 1968.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend the lecture call Abubaker Elkhalifa at 319-351-3087, 319-384-0642 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Abubaker Elkhalifa at 319-351-3087, 319-384-0642 or Writer: Mansi Bhatia