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Women and Islam in the Middle East

  • Hilton Garden Inn Monterey 1000 Aguajito Road Monterey, CA, 93940 United States (map)

Dr. Anne Marie Baylouny will share her insights on women in the Middle East, especially the impact of political Islam and activists on the well being of women.
Dr. Baylouny is associate professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, specializing in Middle East politics, refugees, and grassroots organizing. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Privatizing Welfare in the Middle East: Kin Mutual Aid Associations in Jordan and Lebanon (Indiana University Press, 2010), analyzes new civil society welfare institutions created from economic reform policies, which solidify new and old identities. 

She traveled and lived extensively in the Arab East, living in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. She has been doing fieldwork on the Syrian refugees for the last few years. Her recent publications include women’s role in Hizbollah, financial incentives in the Syrian civil war and the effect of the Syrian refugees on water resources in Jordan and Lebanon. 


First Course

Spinach Salad with
Tri-Color Berries, California Goat Cheese,
Toasted Walnuts, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Second Course

Grilled Pork Loin with
Grilled Peach Salsa
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes & Roasted Garlic Broccoli


Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
Oven Roasted Red Potatoes & Roasted Garlic Broccoli

Third Course

Chocolate Triffle
Layers of Chocolate Pudding, Cinnamon Graham Crackers
and Whipped Cream

Coffee and Tea