For the second straight year, University of Denver professor Nader Hashemi used his opening remarks at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID)'s annual conference to accuse audience member and Campus Watch Fellow Andrew E. Harrod of being "a member of the Islamophobia industry." Harrod's report on this interaction, not to mention the various speakers' apologias for political Islam, is posted at Jihad Watch.
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Held last month at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., CSID's yearly gathering also repeated its tired apologias for political Islam and downplayed the ideology's influence in the Middle East and North Africa before an audience of sixty. This doubtless pleased such attendees as Muslim Brotherhood (MB) allies Ermin Sinanović and Hisham Altalib from Herndon, Virginia's International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and former Egyptian parliamentarian Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery from the MB's flagship Egyptian branch, who came for the luncheon panel. Dale Sprusansky, assistant editor of the Israel-hating Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and Marymount University Professor Daniel Tutt, who expelled this author from a past conference, also attended.