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Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler
(818) 677-2130

Middle East Specialist Leonard Binder to Speak
at CSUN on the Balance of Power in the Region

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2005) -- Leonard Binder, internationally recognized specialist on Middle East politics and Islamic political thought, will speak about "Jihadist Strategies and the Balance of Power in the Middle East" on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Cal State Northridge.

Binder will make his presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Whitsett Room on the fourth floor of Sierra Hall on the west side of the campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.

"Leonard Binder is an eminent scholar of the Middle East and his talk is about a topic of utmost importance to all of us at the moment--jihadist strategies and the balance of power. Given the war on terror and the current U.S. response to it, as well as the emergence of various terrorist groups in the Middle East, it is important for the university community--faculty, students and staff--and the community at large to have a better understanding of this complex situation," said Mehran Kamrava, a professor of political science and acting chair of CSUN's Department of Anthropology. Both departments are among those sponsoring Binder's visit.

Director of UCLA's Center for Near East Studies, Binder is one of the founders and past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and has conducted field research in Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Tunisia and Pakistan. His published works include Islamic Liberalism and The Ideological Revolution in the Middle East.

Binder has been a Ford Foundation Foreign Area Fellow, and has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Advanced Study in Jerusalem.

For more information about Binder's presentation, call Kamrava at (818) 677-3331.

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