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Islamic Economics Highlights Colloquium Speech

November 3, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - Sohrab Behdad, professor and John E. Harris Chair in Economics at Denison University, will speak Monday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center (40 Rowland Avenue). His lecture, entitled, "Islamism and Islamic Economics: Utopia Lost?" is part of the Sagan National Colloquium and co-sponsored by the Economics Department and the Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. The Colloquium's theme this year is "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects."

Behdad, born in Iran, received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. He was a member of the Faculty of Economics of Tehran University from 1973 to 1983, when, as he states, he left Iran and "left the university to the gang of hezbollah and cultural revolutionists to 'purify' it and to 'reform' economics to its Islamic form." His experience and knowledge in the field of economics will help him discuss issues of the economic structure in the Islamic world on Monday.

Behdad was also a founding member of the National Association of University Professors of Iran and has served as the President of the Middle East Economic Association. Among his recent publications in English are Workers, Peasants and Bureaucrats: Class Nature of the Iranian Work Force; Islam and Public Policy; and Iran after the Revolutions: Crisis of an Islamic State.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 20th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.