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Mohammed Abu-Nimer

School of International Service

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    Director, Peacebuilding and Development Institute
  • Mohammed Abu-Nimer, of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, serves as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, including Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Philippines (Mindanao), and Sri Lanka. In addition to his articles and publications, Dr. Abu-Nimer is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; MA, Hebrew University in Jerusalem; BA, Hebrew University in Jerusalem

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  • Spring 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

As an expert on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace, Dr. Abu-Nimer has conducted research in these fields among Palestinians and Jews in Israel, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the application of conflict resolution models in Muslim communities.

Selected Publications

  • Peace-Building By, Between, and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians.  (Editor, with David Augsburger.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.   
  • Muslim Peace Building Actors in Africa and the Balkans. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. (With Ayse Kadayifci.) (July 2008).   
  • Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East. (With Amal Khoury and Emily Welty.) USIP, 2007.   
  • "Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide For Muslims" (With Dr. Muhammad Shafiq), Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) Salam: Peace and Justice Institute, and International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), July, 2007.   
  • "Peace Education in a Bilingual and Bi-ethnic School for Palestinians and Jews in Israel: Lessons and Challenges."Ilham Nasser and Mohammed Abu-Nimer. In: Educational Response to Conflict: Systemic issues. Macmillan Palgrave (Eds.). Zvi Bekerman (2007).   
  • "Religious Contribution to Dialogue and Nonviolence Actions in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Possibilities and Obstacles."Palestinian Society and History Review. Vol. 2. Spring 2007 (Arabic).   
  • Mohammed Abu Nimer and Ned Lazarus. "The Peacebuilders Paradox and the Dynamics of Dialogue: Psychosocial Approaches to Israeli/Palestinian Peacebuilding"  In: Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Palestinians and Israelis. (J. Kuriansky ed.) (Greenwood Press, 2007).   
  • "We Make Friends with Our Enemies." Yale Israel Journal, Special Issue on Israel Palestine Elections, 2006.   
  • "Nonviolent Action in Israel and Palestine: A Growing Force," In: Bridging the Divide: Peacebuilding in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. (Eds.). Edy Kaufman, Walid Salem, and Juliette Verhoeven. New York: Lynne Rienner, 2006. (Also Translated into Italian)   
  • Contemporary Islam: Dynamic, Not Static. (Eds.) Abdul Aziz Said, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, and Meena Sharify-Funk. New York: Routledge Press, 2006.   
  • "Bridging Conflict Resolution and Human Rights: Promises and Challenges," in Human Rights and Conflict. (Eds.). Julie Mertus and Jeff Helsing (Eds.) Washington DC: USIP April 2006.

Professional Services

  • Steering Executive committee for International Conference on Nonviolence (Nonviolence International)   
  • Advisory Board of Abraham’s Vision   
  • Board of Trustees of Israeli Palestinian Research and Information Center, (IPCRI) USA  
  • International Advisory Board for Palestinian Review Journal   
  • Advisory Review Board Just Vision: Middle Eastern Peace Initiative   
  • Advisory Board Educators for Social Responsibility   
  • Advisory Committee for Islamic Conflict Resolution Conference   
  • Member of Advisory Committee of Kumarian Press   
  • Executive Committee. Peace Studies Section. International Studies Association (ISA)   
  • United States Institute of Peace, review board for Peace Scholar dissertation fellowships    

Media Appearances


Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Jennings Randolph Senior Peace Fellow, USIP, 2008.
  • Morton Deutsch Award, 2005.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Henry Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, 1999-2000.
  • Fellowship from the American Research Center in Egypt, New York, 1996-97.
  • A "Peace Scholar" Award-USIP (United States Institute for Peace), Washington, D.C, September 1991-September 1992.

Executive Experience

  • Co-Editor of Journal of Development and Peacebuilding (Co-Founder of the Journal) 
  • Coexistence International Advisory Board, Brandeis University   
  • Editorial Board of International Journal of Transitional Justice. Oxford University Press 
  • Steering Executive committee for International Conference on Nonviolence (Nonviolence International)
  • Executive Committee. Peace Studies Section. International Studies Association (ISA)  
  • United States Institute of Peace, review board for Peace Scholar dissertation fellowships 
  • Editorial board of OJPCR: The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Reviewing board, Grant Program of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP)   
  • Board member of Center for Global Peace, American University, Washington DC
  • Executive Committee of Peace Studies at International Association Studies (ISA)


Professional Presentations

  • Nepal, Katmandu. Co-led a workshop on Conflict Resolution and Change in Conflict and Development (CARE senior mangers), 5-8, 2005.   
  • Thailand, Bangkok. Led a Workshop on Managing Relationship and Change: Role of Culture and Conflict Resolution (Regional CARE Managers ILCA Project), June 2-4, 2005.   
  • Sri Lanka. Led a workshop conference on interfaith religious peacemaking: Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Christian religious leaders (Trioncomali area) sponsored by AED and Interreligious Peace Foundation.  August, 25-26, 2005.   
  • Switzerland, Caux. Scholars Program, a summer training course on Culture and Conflict Resolution (Initiative for Change program).   
  • Sabanci University, Turkey. Taught course, Culture and Conflict Resolution. 4-7 April 2005.   
  • Mindanao, Philippines. Solu, Jolo.  Led a two day regional conference on peacebuilding and religion. Sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and Notre Dame University.   
  • Mindanao, Philippines. Taught courses on: Inter-religious Peacebuilding, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI). Davao, May 2005.   
  • Denver, CO. Led a workshop on: Nonviolence Resistance in Palestine and Israel: Lessons and Challenges. At the conference: ending the Silence: Working for Just peace in Palestine and Israel. Denver. Friends of Sabeel in North America.10, 21-22, 2005.

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Middle East, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sri Lanka, Mindanao Philippines, Islamic peace building and nonviolence, international relations dialogue and negotiation, peace and conflict resolution and training, interfaith dialogue, religion and peace, peacebuilding and development programs evaluation

Additional Information:
As an experienced conflict resolution practitioner, Mohammed Abu-Nimer has worked in numerous war-zone areas, within formal negotiation settings as well as with community leaders and civil society groups. He has worked in many areas of the world, including Palestine, Israel, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Egypt, training political and community leaders in peace-building skills and strategies of negotiation. He has written, cowritten, and edited the following books: Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Israel (SUNY Press, 1999); Peacebuilding and Nonviolence in Islamic Context: Bridging Ideals and Reality (University Press of Florida, 2003); Peace-Building By, Between and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians, (Lexington, 2009); Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East (USIP, 2007); and Modern Islamic Thought: Dynamic, Not Static. (Routledge Press, 2006). He has also coedited several books and journals, including the Journal of Peace Building and Development  since Vol. 1, No. 1, 2002.

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