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A talk with HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal
Crown Center / +Brandeis University

Tuesday, November 22 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal is a member of the House of Saud, the Saudi royal family. From 1977 to 2001, he served as Director General of Saudi Arabia's main foreign intelligence service and is now chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. He is also a former Ambassador to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Republic of Ireland. He is a visiting Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University and is also a Lamont Lecturer at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He received his BA from Georgetown University.

Jehuda Reinharz, President Emeritus of Brandeis University and Chair of the Crown Center's Advisory Board

Discussion Moderators
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center

Pascal Menoret, Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies

Free and open to the public.

Light Middle Eastern fare will be served at the close of the event.

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Time/Date: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Location: Multipurpose Room of MIT's Sidney Pacific; 70 Pacific Street, Cambridge, MA


7:00-7:05 Preparation for Prayer
7:05-7:25 Prayer
7:25-7:30 Quran Recitation
7:30-8:20 Lecture by Dr. Sadik Kassim
Title: "Leadership Modes of Imam Ali: Beyond Ghadeer Khum"
Imam Ali's leadership, as narrated through traditional Islamic History Books, is often reduced to
only the political and religious spheres. The Imam, however, demonstrated mastery and
leadership in multiple domains of human knowledge. This talk will examine the neglected
aspects of Imam Ali's leadership and their relevance to modern times.

8:20-8:30 Question and Answer
8:30-8:45 Nasheed
8:45-9:05 Competition
Please see the attached PDF file in preparation for the competition
9:05-9:10 Nasheed
9:10-9:25 Ziarat Imam Ali (PBUH) and Dua
9:25-10:00 Dinner
Please RSVP for dinner by sending an email to by Sunday, September 18, 2016.

About the Speaker:
Sadik Kassim is a Scientist specializing in Gene Therapy and Cancer Immunology. Among Dr. Kassim's recent publications, is a study entitled The Role of Religion in the Generation of Suicide Bombers, which was published by Oxford University Press and definitively dispels the notion that Islamic theology fuels terrorism.

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The Crown Center annual kick off event, a panel discussion on
What the next U.S. president should know about the Middle East.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 4-6pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Serra Hakyemez, Crown Center Neubauer Junior Research Fellow
Pascal Menoret, Renée and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies
David Patel, Crown Center Senior Research Fellow
Ahmad Shokr, Crown Center Junior Research fellow
Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research at the Crown Center and
Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History 

Eva Bellin, Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics
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