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March 2, 2006
Contact: Frank Baron, Germanic languages and literatures, (785) 864-9175.

Two KU professors to talk on ‘Doing Business in Islamic Society’ on March 10

LAWRENCE — Two University of Kansas faculty members will discuss “Doing Business in Islamic Society” at a Kansas International breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 10, at the Alvamar Country Club. The event is open to the public, and registration is required.

KU speakers will be Raj Bhala, Raymond F. Rice Distinguished Professor of Law, and Mohamed El-Hodiri, professor of economics. Their discussion will review the interest of Kansas businesses in the Islamic world. Hossein Germani, president of Kansas International, will moderate the discussion.

Kansas International is a public forum of bimonthly breakfast meetings focused on international business issues offered by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

Bhala teaches courses in international trade law and Islamic law and has published four major books in international trade law. Bhala is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, England’s Royal Society for Asian Affairs and the American Law Institute. He has consulted for World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Government of Laos, Saudi Aramco and the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council and been a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan. He has taught around the world, including at the College of Shari’a and Law (Muscat, Oman), King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mining (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia), University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Pakistan College of Law (Lahore).

El-Hodiri will be discussing foundational issues regarding Islamic law, economics and business. He plans to reference countries where he has research interests and where he worked as an economist, including Egypt, Malaysia, Sudan, the Arabian peninsula and the Islamic Republics of the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union. El-Hodiri has published more than 60 articles in mathematics and economics journals as well as books in English and Arabic. He has served as economic adviser to the governments of Russia, Egypt and Sudan for about 10 years.

Germani came to Lawrence in 1976 from Iran to study at KU and Kansas State University. He later became an U.S. citizen and opened Copy Co., a printing service operating in Lawrence, Manhattan and Salina. His earlier business experience includes establishing agricultural-related businesses in Iran and an import/export corporation with offices in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Cost for the breakfast seminar is $10 for students and $15 for adults. To make a reservation, call Kansas International, in care of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, at (785) 865-4429.

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