IRDA 2006 - Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Are There Democracy Lessons Arabs Can Learn From Eastern Europe?

Saad Eddin Ibrahim is a prominent Egyptian democracy and human rights activist. Ibrahim is credited for playing a leading role in the revival of Egypt's contemporary research-based civil society movement and ranks among the most prominent sociologists in the Arab world. Ibrahim has published widely on Islam, politics, democracy, citizenship, and civil society and is the recipient of numerous awards, including American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholar Award and the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament. In 2000 and 2003 he was convicted and held in prison on political charges, but was eventually acquitted by Egypt's highest court of appeals. He is the founder of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies in Cairo, as well as the Arab Organization for Human Rights. Ibrahim has taught at the American University in Cairo and has held visiting professorships with renowned Universities in the United States, including Indiana State University. Following the fall of the Mubarak regime, Saad Eddin Ibrahim has returned to Egypt.


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Introducing Saad Eddin Ibrahim By Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Are There Democracy Lessons Arabs Can Learn From Eastern Europe? by Saad Eddin Ibrahim

Democracy Bridge Building Arabs, Central and Eastern European Democrats By Professor Eliot Sorel

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