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Call for Abstracts: Initiative on Islam and Medicine’s Islamic Bioethics Symposium

University of Chicago

The Initiative on Islam and Medicine’s Islamic Bioethics Symposium set to take place in conjunction with the Fifth Islam and Bioethics International Conference (following Haifa University 2001, Penn State University 2006, Ankara Turkey 2010, and Coimbra Portugal 2015) will take place on October 21, 2019 at the University of Chicago.

Begins October 18, 2019

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ACOR Director

American Center of Oriental Research

The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) seeks a Director to lead a wide-ranging research program that orchestrates extensive partnerships with U.S. and Jordanian government agencies, universities, and academics. Deadline: July 8, 2019

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Hatoon al-Fassi and other women’s rights activists released from prison temporarily

MESA is very pleased to report that Dr. Hatoon al-Fassi was released from prison in Saudi Arabia on May 2, 2019, and has been allowed to return home to her family. Dr. al-Fassi is a renowned historian of women in pre-Islamic Arabia, a prominent advocate for women's rights, and a long-time member of MESA. She was the recipient in November 2018, in absentia, of the MESA Academic Freedom Award, the highest recognition MESA can bestow in acknowledgement of contributions to academic freedom. Dr. al-Fassi's release has been characterized as "temporary;" we continue to call for her full exoneration. We call, as well, for the release of the other women's rights advocates who remain in detention.

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Israel’s Ruling on Deportation of Omar Shakir

Letter to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Supreme Court Justices and Registrars, Ministers Shaked and Deri expressing grave concerns regarding the Jerusalem District Court’s decision to uphold the deportation of Mr. Omar Shakir on the basis of his human rights advocacy. CAF calls on the Israeli Supreme Court to reverse the district court’s decision. CAF also calls on the Interior Ministry to cease deporting or barring people from entry on the basis of their political views.

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