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Mednicoff completes lecture and research tour in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

David Mednicoff, assistant professor in the Department of Legal Studies and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, in early May concluded a week-long speaking and research tour of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. During the tour, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Mednicoff spoke on "International law, Arab politics and U.S. Foreign Policy," at the Riyadh Institute of Diplomatic Studies, a think tank under the aegis of the Saudi Arabian ministry of foreign affairs. In Riyadh, he also met with lawyers and professors of Islamic law as part of his ongoing research into Arab ideas of the rule of law and their connection to contemporary politics. In addition, Mednicoff spoke with Saudi journalists, businessmen and religious educators about enhancing Islamic studies at UMass Amherst.