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New English Review Symposium

New English Review's second annual symposium, “Decline, Fall & Islam will be held June 18-19th at the Hampton Inn in Green Hills, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.

Our Speakers:

Raphael Israeli, born in Fes, Morocco, is currently teaching Islamic, Chinese and Middle Eastern History at Hebrew University. Graduate of Hebrew University in History and Arabic Literature, PhD in Chinese and Islamic History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.

Since 1974, Dr. Israeli has been Lecturer and then Professor of Islamic and Chinese History at Hebrew University, with sabbatical periods spent at York University in Toronto, the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program, Harvard University, Boston University, Australian National University in Canberra, Melbourne University and Naruto University in Japan. Dr. Israeli is the author of 26 books and some 100 scholarly articles in the fields of Islamic radicalism, Islamic terrorism, the Modern Middle East, Islam in China and Asia and the Opening of China by the French.

His latest books are:
 
  1. The Iraq War: Hidden Agendas and Babylonian Intrigue, Sussex Academic Press, ‏2004    
  2. Islamikaze: Manifestations of Islamic Martyrology, Frank Cass, London, ‏2004
  3. War, Peace and Terror in the Middle East, Frank Cass, 2003. 
  4. Jerusalem Divided: the Armistice Regime, 1947-1967, Frank Cass, 2002 
  5. Green Crescent over Nazareth: the Displacement of Christians by Muslims in the Holy Land, Frank Cass, 2002
  6. (ed.) Dangers of a Palestinian State,  Geffen, Jerusalem, 2003.
  7. Islam in China: Religion, Ethnicity, Culture and Politics, Rowman and Littlefield (Lexington Books), Maryland, 2002
  8. Poison: Manifestations of a Blood Libel, Lexington Books, 2002.
  9. Arabs in Israel: Friends or Foes (Hebrew and English), Ariel Books, 2002 and 2007.
  10.  Living with Islam: the Sources of Fundamentalist Islam (Hebrew), Achiasaf, 2006
  11.  Islamic Radicalism and Political Violence: the Templars of Islam, Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2007.
  12. The Spread of Islamikaze Islam into Europe, Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2008 
  13. Islamic Radicalism and Political Violence: The Templars of Islam and Sheikh Ra’id Salah, Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2008
  14. Palestinians Between Nationalism and Islam : a Collection of Essays, Vallentine Mitchell, London, 2008
  15. Piracy in Qumran: The Battle over the Scrolls of the Pre-Christ Era, Transaction, Rutgers University Press, New Jersey, 2008
  16. The Islamic Challenge in Europe, Transaction, Rutgers University Press, 2008
  17.  Muslim Minorities in the Modern State, Transaction, Rutgers University Press, 2008
  18. Muslim anti-Semitism in Christian Lands, Transaction, 2009
 
Richard L. Rubenstein is President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Religion at the University of Bridgeport and Lawton Distinguished Professor of Religion Emeritus at Florida State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Jewish theology, the Holocaust and other issues including After Auschwitz: Radical Theology and Contemporary Judaism, The Cunning of History, My Brother Paul and Dissolving Alliance: The United States and the Future of Europe and Jihad and Genocide (2010).

Nidra Poller 
is an American novelist and journalist living in Paris and translator, most recently, of Humanism of the Other and Unforseen History. She has written extensively on the growing problem of antisemitism in Europe and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Standpoint, Commentary, New English Review, City Journal, Jerusalem Post, Washington Times, Jewish Quarterly, NY Sun, National Review Online and Pajamas Media.

Ibn Warraq, Sr. Editor of New English Review and Vice President of World Encounter Institute. author of Why I am Not a Muslim, 1995, and editor of anthologies of Koranic criticism The Origins of the Koran, 1998, What the Koran Really Says, 2002, and the forthcoming Which Koran?, 2007—all Prometheus Books. He also edited an anthology of testimonies of ex-Muslims, Leaving Islam, 2003. His most recent book is Defending the West, A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism.

Mr. Warraq’s op-ed pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal in America and The Guardian in London, and he has addressed distinguished governing bodies round the world, including the United Nations in Geneva on the subject of apostasy.


Nonie Darwish is an American human rights activist, writer, public speaker and founder of Arabs for Israel and Former Muslims United. She is the author of the book Now they Call Me Infidel; Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror. Her second book is Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law. Her speech topics cover human rights, with emphasis on women’s rights and minority rights in the Middle East.

Hugh Fitzgerald, board Member of World Encounter Institute and Sr. Editor of New English Review has developed what could be highly effective alternative strategies in dealing with the challenge of Islamic aggression, both for Israel and the US. He is also a Sr. Analyst for Jihadwatch.

Jerry Gordon, Senior editor for New English Review and Senior Vice President of World Encounter Institute, specializes in domestic anti-terrorism policy. His work at NER has been used by Senator Joseph Lieberman as well as Representative Sue Myrick in drafting legislation to protect the United States against the efforts of those who would overturn the laws and customs of this country.

Rebecca Bynum
is Publisher and Sr. Managing Editor of New English Review and board member of World Encounter Institute. Her book, Allah Is Dead is due to be published this year.

Norman Berdichevsky
, a geographer, historian and linguist, is a contributing editor at New English Review. His published works include, Spanish Vignettes: An Offbeat Look Into Spain's Culture, Society & History, and Nations, Language and Citizenship. A new book, Danish Delights, will be published in early 2011 by the Danish Free Press Society.

Mary Jackson
is Senior Editor at New English Review and a regular columnist at Pajamas Media. Her career to date has been somewhat varied. Having been told at a young age that fine words butter no parsnips, she determined to put this theory to the test. To this end she worked in a greengrocer's, speaking fine words to parsnips and truth to power. Other duties included adding apples to pears and insult to injury. Fired for correcting a misplaced apostrophe, she began helping out on a whelk stall in the East End, but was fired again for stealing bits of Cockney rhyming slang and selling them on the black market. She aspires to work as a metaphor mixer in a large bakery, where she hopes to have her cake and eat her words. 

D. L. Adam
s, contributing editor at New English Review, is an analyst and historian. His work has appeared in NER, Family Security Matters, American Thinker, Political Islam, and elsewhere. Mr. Adams has written on politics, culture, national security, human rights, Islamic doctrine, counter-terrorism, and history. Mr. Adams is currently working on his first book.

Mark Anthony Signorelli, contributing editor at New English Review,
is a poet, playwright, and essayist, whose work is dedicated to the preservation of the best features of our western traditions.  He is currently at work on a book-length critique of contemporary philosophical materialism. 

Esmerelda Weatherwax is a native of London and a contributing editor to New English Review.

 
 
Program
 
Friday June 18th
 
Reception with Book Signings from 6 to 9PM
 
 
Saturday June 19th
 
Breakfast - 8-9:45AM

Opening Remarks - Jerry Gordon
 
Breakfast Speaker - Richard L. Rubenstein, "What Does Obama Really Want? An Hypothesis."
 

Break 9:45-10AM


Panel - Anglospheric Malaise 10:00-11:45AM

Rebecca Bynum, "An Ideological War on Two Fronts"

Mark Signorelli, "The House of Values: Language and the Human Person"

D. L. Adams, "History Gives Us Hope" 

  
Lunch - 12-1:45PM

Lunch Speaker - Hugh Fitzgerald, "Islam: What Is To Be Done?"


Break 1:45-2:00PM


Panel - Push Back Against Jihad 2:00-4:30PM

Jerry Gordon, "Scribblers into Activists: from Common Sense to the New English Review"

Nidra Poller, "Why Does the Decline of Islam Fall on Us?"

Norman Berdichevsky, "Spain’s Overseas Plazas in Africa and the Gibraltar Question: The Next Target?"  

Esmerelda Weatherwax, "Give St George Some Fighting Room"


Break 4:30-6PM
 
 
Dinner 6-9PM

Dinner Speakers:

Mary Jackson, "Western Handmaids of Allah"

Ibn Warraq, "The Decline and Fall of Western Europe"

Nonie Darwish, "Built On Lies; Will End By The Truth"


Raphael Israeli, "The Muslim Lobby in the U.S."
 

 

 



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