Dr. Thomas Naff, Professor Emeritus of Asian and Middle-Eastern Studies and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, will present the topic "The Politics of Water in the Middle East: Conflict Along the Jordan, Tigris, and Euphrates Rivers". He will discuss the critical, complicating role that water plays in the hostile political relations that beset virtually all parts of the Middle East, highlighting its insufficiency and the fact that it's a shared resource throughout the region.
Dr. Naff is the author of "Can there be Confluence? A Comparative Consideration of Western and Islamic Fresh Water Law" (2000) and "Islamic Law and the Politics of Water" (including "An Historical Evolution of Islamic Law)" (2007).
The luncheon is at 12:00 P.M. on Monday, May 11, 2009, in the Lenape Room of the University Club.