During the 2009-10 academic year, the Carr Center will sponsor a series of
lectures focusing on the Middle East. These lectures will be delivered by
Carr Center Fellow Dr. Ali A. Allawi.
The purpose of these lectures is to outline a new pathway for the evolution of
a doctrine of human rights and duties in Islam that would be based on an ethical
and spiritual understanding of these notions. This would produce an alternative
understanding of these concepts rather than the normative and jurisprudential- or
Sharia-based- path it has taken so far.
About Dr. Allawi:
Ali A. Allawi served as the Interim Minister of Trade in
the new Government of Iraq from 2003-2004 until he was appointed the first Interim
Minister of Defense
of Iraq. In April 2005 Mr. Allawi was appointed Minister of Finance in the Transitional Iraqi
Government. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Mr. Allawi graduated from MIT with a BSc in Civil Engineering
and continued his postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics. In 1971 he received
his MBA from Harvard University. He has just published The
Crisis in Islamic Civilization (Yale
University Press), silver medal winner of the Washington
Institute Book Prize, and is
working on another book that will be a comprehensive political biography
of Faisal I of Iraq, set against the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of the modern
state system in the Middle East and Iraq.
Ali A. Allawi is a recipient of the
Gebran G. Tueni Human Rights Fellowship Program Award..