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Join our Live Blog: How social media are impacting the Muslim World

We are looking for conversationalists, social media enthusiasts and translators to help us live blog this event at UC Berkeley in Arabic and English.

The forum, titled 'Politics and New Media in the Muslim World' will bring together a diverse set of perspectives on the issue, including Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.  It kicks off at 5pm today PST.

Evan Hill, Liz Kelley and Ed Bice will be live blogging from the venue here.

If you can help, respond to this thread or tweet to @meedan on Twitter. We'll also try to cover the open IRC channel #meedan.  Or why not jump straight into the thread.

There are more details below. We really hope to see you there!


 DATE 10/15/2009



 LOCATION Tamalpais Room, David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way (at Oxford), Berkeley CA 94704

 DESCRIPTION As part of a year-long program on "Islam Today: New Media and Youth Culture in the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia," with funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the Center for South Asia Studies, Center for Southeast Asia Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley are hosting a forum on new media and politics in the Muslim world.

This forum will examine the new forces that have emerged, and transformations that have occurred, following the rapid expansion in the use of technology and new media, particularly by younger people, in talking about political issues and political change in different parts of the Muslim world.

The forum will be moderated by Wajahat Ali, Associate Editor of A reception will follow the forum.

 SPEAKER The speakers represent a diverse range of perspectives and are composed of practitioners and activists as well as journalists and scholars.

Mohamed Abdel Dayem is Program Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York. Before joining CPJ in 2008, Mohamed Abdel Dayem worked for the Save Darfur Coalition; for the National Endowment for Democracy, where he managed the Endowment's Iraq portfolio; and for Human Rights Watch, where he conducted research and media outreach on countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Abdel Dayem has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is a Malaysian politician who has been actively involved with Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the Malaysian opposition party led by Anwar Ibrahim, since he was a teenager. He was elected to the legislature in Selangor state in 2008, representing Seri Setia district, as a member of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, and being 26 years old at the time, was the youngest candidate to contest a seat in those elections. He currently serves as Political Adviser to the Chief Minister of Selangor, and is a member of the Executive Committee of his party's youth wing. He attended the prestigious Malay College Kuala Kangsar and studied law at King's College, University of London. In England, he was Secretary General of the Malaysian Law Students Union and was a representative to the National Union of Students in 2005, where he was active with other British Muslims in the Federation of Students Islamic Societies for the UK and Ireland. He has had his own website since 1997 and began blogging in 2001. He also contributes a regular column to Malaysian Insider, an online news source.

Muhamad Ali is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California-Riverside. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii where he wrote about the dissemination of Islamic knowledge in Aceh and the Malay state of Kelantan during the colonial period. His recent research has looked at varying manifestations of contemporary Islam in Indonesia, focusing particularly on religious pluralism, as well as the meanings of state reactions to radical or heretical movements.

Haroon Moghul is the author of an influential and popular blog focused on issues concerning South Asia, the Middle East, Islam and Muslim Americans. His novel, The Order of Light, was published in 2006. He is the Director of Public Relations for the Islamic Center of New York University, and is currently also pursuing a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies at Columbia University.

Huma Yusuf is a freelance journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a regular contributor to The Dawn, Pakistan's leading English-language daily, and the Christian Science Monitor as well as other news organizations. She is a graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, where she worked as a researcher for the Center for Future Civic Media, and as an analyst for the Convergence Culture Consortium. She is an affiliate researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Her recent writings have focused on examining the social impact of media trends, including the role of new media, in Pakistan.