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Cablegate: Fy 2006 Ivlp- Nomination and Part I Biodata for Mr.

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

111349Z May 05

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 PARIS 003191

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR ECA/PE/V/R/E (CAROL GRABAUSKAS; STEVE TAYLOR);
EUR/PPD (LILLIAN DEVALCOURT)
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL FR
SUBJECT: FY 2006 IVLP- NOMINATION AND PART I BIODATA FOR MR.
ABDELHAQ NABAOUI - PRINCIPAL CANDIDATE FOR INDIVIDUAL
PROGRAM.

REF:

START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: PaillardS@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Paris
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 14544
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGE
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 284
ECA-PROJ-NO:
PROJ-NAME: FY 2006 - INDIVIDUAL Program - Abdelhaq Nabaoui
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Individual
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2006
DEPART-POST:
SESSION-DATE:
RETURN-POST:
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 12
START MEMO POST-OBJ:

END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1047
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: IND
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 14544
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: P
SUBJ-DISC: Immigration
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Abdelhaq
M-NAME:
L-NAME: Nabaoui
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 0
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Universite Louis Pasteur
M-ADDR2: UFR de Sciences Physiques
M-ADDR3: 3-5, rue de l'Universite
M-CITY: Strasbourg
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: France
M-ZONE: 67084 cedex
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: + (33) 3.90.24.06.91
M-FAX: + (33) 3.90.24.06.69
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID: FR
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 07/15/1964
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Safi
BIRTH-CNTRY: Morocco
CITIZ-CNTRY: Morocco
RES-CNTRY: France
START MEMO POSITION:
President of the Regional Council of Muslim Faith of Alsace,
since June 2003
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Regional Representative of the Union of Muslim Organizations
of France
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1998-2003 - Full time professor of physics at the University
of Strasbourg
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

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END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
- PhD in Physical Science, University Louis Pasteur,
Strasbourg
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
April to October 2004 - 4 articles on the website "oumma.com"
- "L'Incendie d'un lieu de culte Musulman"
- "Profanation de 50 tombes Musulmanes a Strasbourg"
- "L'Islamophobie se dechaine a Strasbourg"
- "Inquietant climat islamophobe a Strasbourg"
articles written after the profanation of Muslim tombs in
Strasbourg, and the climate of phobia against Islam
END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
No pork
END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Arabic
ENGL-READ: 1
ENGL-SPEAK: 1
ENGL-COMP: 1
START OTHER-LANGS:
OTHER-LANG: French
OTHER-LANG-ID: FR
READ: 5
SPEAK: 5
COMP: 5
END OTHER-LANGS:
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
Outreach to the Islamic community is a major facet of
Mission's MPP.
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
We would recommend that Abdelhaq Nabaoui meet with experts on
Islamic integration, such as
Jack Miles, Senior Adviser to the President of the Paul
Getty Trust Foundation Supporting Arts and Scholarship,
California;
Peter Mandaville, Director, Center for Global Studies,
George Mason University, Virginia;
Catherine Cosman, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on
International Religious Freedom, Washington, D.C.;
Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Professor of History of Islam and
Christian-Muslim Relations, Georgetown University, Washington,
D.C.
Amir Hussain, Department of Religious Studies, California
State University, Northridge;
Jonathan Friedlander, Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA;
UCLA;
Mustafa Ahmed, Director, Foundation for Islamic Education,
Villanova, Pennsylvania;
Faheen Schuaibe, Imam, Oakland, California.

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Christopher Davis; Genevieve Thomassin
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
Abdelhaq Nabaoui has the delicate task of being the first ever
president of the Alsace Muslim Regional Council (Conseil
Regional du Culte Musulman, CRCM), established in 2003.
Islamic tendencies in Alsace reflect those elsewhere in
France, with the added feature of stronger Turkish
representation, given the proximity to the large Turkish
immigrant population in Germany. Nabaoui and his UOIF list
joined forces with the Turkish Milli Gorus list to win nine of
21 seats in the CRCM board. Nabaoui himself emerged as the
strongest consensual candidate for president.
With such diversity, even rivalry, among tendencies obliged to
o
cohabitate in artificial constructs such as the CRCM, all is
not sweetness and light within the CRCM. Nabaoui contends,
however, that the cooperation within the Alsace CRCM is better
than that at the national level (Conseil Francais du Culte
Musulman, CFCM).
In fact, Abdelhaq Nabaoui has won the respect of regional
officials, regional representatives of the GOF, and academics
for his outreach (more than 200 visits) to the Islamic
community in Alsace, and to local and regional authorities,
raising their awareness on issues facing local Muslim
populations. And vice versa. For example, Nabaoui was
instrumental in getting the regional Muslim community to
support the GOF's position on headscarf legislation during the
Chesnot-Malbrunot hostage crisis, from August to December
2004. He nonetheless feels that the GOF, which created the
CRCMs, is not doing enough to provide office space and
accoutrements to them.
Nabaoui has assumed his responsibilities at some sacrifice,
taking a cut in pay in his teaching profession of about 500
euros per month to give himself the time for his outreach
activities.
Abdelhaq Nabaoui is now one of the prominent Islamic leaders
in Alsace. While it is too early to tell who will emerge as
president of the next CRCM after elections in June, Nabaoui
should continue to be an influential moderate in the Muslim
community.
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: AmConGen Strasbourg, France
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: No
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: No
HOME-HOSP?: No
E-I-TYPE: INTERPRETER
NOMINEE-ID: 571
PERSON-ID: 470
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: MO
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: MO
RES-CNTRY-ID: FR
FIRST-LANG-ID: AR
E-I-TYPE-ID: I
NOM-POST-ID: 14544
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID: 0
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT:
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1:
USGOVT-AGENCY1:
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 0
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT:
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

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