Winds of Change: The Challenge of Modernity in the Middle East and North Africa

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Dr Behrooz Sabet is a renowned scholar of religion, contemporary political thought and movements in Iran, and the conceptual and historical origins of modernity and its impact on Islam and Middle Eastern societies. He was previously a university professor, academic dean and consultant on aspects of education and culture in the Middle East. Sabet has translated and written extensively on religious, ethical, educational, philosophical and social themes. He holds a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Cyrus Rohani is an advisor on social and economic development, and a management and education consultant. He studied at the American University of Beirut and later received an MBA from Sacred Heart University, Connecticut, USA. He worked with Shell-Qatar and later with Qatar Petroleum (oil & Gas). Rohani has given presentations in international conferences and is widely known as a pioneering figure in living and exploring the Middle Eastern cultures and religions.
Arthur Lyon Dahl is a biologist (AB, Biological Sciences, Stanford University; PhD, Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara) and environmentalist with fifty years' international experience in environment and sustainability. He is a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he was Deputy Director of the Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme, and Coordinator of the UN System-wide Earthwatch. He is a consultant on sustainability indicators and assessment to the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, UNESCO and UNEP. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Brighton, and for twelve years taught advanced studies courses in sustainable development and environmental diplomacy at the University of Geneva and other universities. He participated in the United Nations Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm, was in the Secretariat of the Rio Earth Summit (1992) to help draft Agenda 21; and participated in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg 2002) and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20, 2012). He co-coordinated the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance prior to Rio+20. A specialist on small islands and coral reefs, he spent many years in the South Pacific and organised the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). He is President of the International Environment Forum and on the governing board of ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future. He has published many scientific papers and books including 'The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis'.
Shahrzad Sabet, PhD, is a Research Fellow specialising in international political economy at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. From 2014 to 2015, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University's Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. Dr Sabet has taught courses on the political economy of globalisation at Harvard University, as well as for the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the International Studies Association's Carl Beck Award for graduate research and Harvard University's Derek Bok Center award for distinction in teaching. Dr Sabet holds a PhD from Harvard University's Department of Government, where she was an associate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and an MPhil in Political Theory from Oxford University (Balliol College), where she studied as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar. She earned her BA in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. She resides in Manhattan.
Armin Eschraghi earned an MA in Philosophy, Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at Goethe University and a PhD in the same field. Since 2003, he has been teaching Islamic Studies, Persian and Arabic literature at Liebig University Gießen, and currently at Goethe University Frankfurt and at the Jesuit College Sankt Georgen. His main areas of research are the early development of Islamic and especially Shi'i theology, Islamic mysticism and religious currents of the Qajar period in Iran.
Christopher Buck is a Pennsylvania attorney and independent scholar, who has taught at Michigan State University, Quincy University, Millikin University, and Carleton University. His publications include Alain Locke: Faith and Philosophy, Paradise and Paradigm: Key Symbols in Persian Christianity and the Baha'i Faith, Symbol and Secret: Qur'an Commentary in Baha'u'llah's Kitab-i-Iqan, as well as a number of book chapters, journal articles, and encyclopedia articles.