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Women, Islam and Human Rights in Africa

In discussing some of the major issues concerning women’s position under Islamic law in Nigeria, Ayesha Imam, as keynote speaker, stated that Shari’a law is neither divine nor unchangeable. Although many Muslims and non-Muslims believe that Shari’a law is found in the Koran, she argued that this is not the case.

Islam at the EU Border: Muslim Minorities in Greece and Bulgaria

Over the last 20 years, Bulgaria and Greece have pursued variable and divergent policies toward their Muslim minorities. During a brief period near the end of the Communist regime, Bulgaria forced Turks to assimilate. This policy was abandoned by the democratic government that took power in the 1990s. At the same time, Greece recognized its Muslim minority and facilitated the "Turkification" of its Muslim citizens throughout the 1980s, but then abandoned that policy by blocking minority rights in the 1990s.

Human Rights Approaches to Religion: Implications for Euro-Islamic Relations

Dean Evans' analysis is based upon his personal legal perspectives on the emerging phenomenon of freedom of religion and human rights in Europe. The protection of religious interests of communities within Europe by extracting guarantees on how particular religious minority groups might be treated in states when either new states were coming into being or as territory was changing hands was established following the First World War. Though it is easy to believe this was intended to protect freedom of religion and belief in its current form, it was not.

Report Release: "Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change"

Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director of the Women's Bureau, United States Department of Labor; Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Patricia Foxen, Associate Director for Research, National Council of La Raza; Jane Henrici, study director, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Cynthia Hess, study director, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Barbara Gault, executive director and vice president, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Maricela Garcia, Director for Capacity-Building, NCLR; Lydia Guzman, President,

Women in Developing Countries: Sowing the Seeds for the Future

On July 30, 2010, Wilson Center on the Hill sponsored an event looking at the challenges faced by women in developing countries, and how the United States can shape a new, more effective development policy that recognizes the key role of women.

Political Transition in Afghanistan: The State, Islam and Civil Society (PDF)

ABSTRACT:With the adoption of a new constitution in January 2004 and elections slated for September 2004,Afghanistan stands at a critical turning point in its political development. This Special Report examines the challenges facing Afghanistan in its quest for democracy and stability. Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad details the promulgation of the new constitution and other successes in Afghanistan’s political transition as well as hurdles such as security and demobilization.

Repensando la Argentina: Antes de diciembre de 2001 y más allá de mayo de 2003 (No. 7)

Wilson Center Reports on the Americas No. 7: Repensando la Argentina: Antes de diciembre de 2001 y más allá de mayo de 2003

#68 Old Allies, New Opponents: The Church and the Military in Chile, 1973-1979

By Brian H. Smith

The paper describes the various resources of the Catholic Church for opposition to the military regime in Chile since 1973. It focuses on four different aspects of the Church as a complex religious organization : (1) its moral or legitimating influence, exercised primarily by bishops; (2) its layered institutional network, maintained by lower clergy, women religious and lay leaders; (3) its changing class alliances, and (4) its transnational linkages, which give it access to foreign personnel and finances.