Perspectives on the Middle East

The outbreak of war in the Gulf has brought the
Middle East to the forefront of media attention, but
many in the U.S. know very little about the history,
culture, and customs of its peoples. To alleviate that
shortcoming, we have a valuable resource: our international students. Thus, we begin our first international
student panel of the year with a discussion on the
Middle East with three CMC students.

Amir Navab is a sophomore international relations/
economics major who was born and raised in Iran for
eight years before he moved with his family to London.
He speaks on Iranian culture and the social and
historical differences between Persians and Arabs.

Khalil Mohammed Soodi is a freshman economics
major. His mother is American, his father Moroccan,
and he lived his entire life in Tangier before coming to
CMC. He focuses on the perspectives of Middle Eastern
and developing countries towards the West, as well as
the Arab mentality and its conflict with Western culture.

Mohammed Zayed is a senior economics/accounting
major. He came to the U.S. from Egypt at five years of
age, but visits and maintains contact with the rest of his
family residing in Egypt. He looks at the Moslem
religion and culture, the position of Egypt in the Middle
East, and Egyptian attitudes towards the West.

Each student will speak for about 15 minutes, with a
question-and-answer session to follow. We encourage
you to take advantage of the three different perspectives
offered by asking questions about the Gulf crisis and
any other relevant subject.

Remarks begin at 7:00, preceded by a 5:30 reception
and a 6:00 dinner. Please fill out the enclosed reservation coupon to attend the dinner.