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Abdul Aziz Said

Professor
School of International Service

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace
    Founding Director, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division
    Director Emeritus and Founder, Center for Global Peace
  • Dr. Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the endowed Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on and off campus, aimed at advancing our understanding of world peace.
  • Degrees

    PhD, American University; MA, American University; BA, American University
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    The Quad

    Favorite Place in Washington DC:

    The views along Independence Ave

    Book Currently Reading:

    An Incomplete Guide to the Future, by Willis Harman

    Languages Spoken:

    French, English, and Arabic
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Teaching

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Said's deep commitment to nonviolence, human rights, political pluralism, cultural diversity, and ecological balance has furthered the expansion of Peace and Conflict Resolution as a field of study throughout the world.

Selected Publications

  • "Islam and Peacemaking," (co-authored with Sheherazade Jafari), in Peacemaking: A Comprehensive Theory and Practice Reference, Praeger Security International, Forthcoming.   
  • "Toward a Global Community: Sufism and World Order," (co-authored with Nathan Funk) Religious Studies and Theology, September 2010, 29.1.   
  • "Localizing Peace: An Agenda for Sustainable Peacemaking," (co-authored with Nathan Funk), Peace and Conflict Studies, Spring 2010, 17.1.   
  • Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East, co-authored with Nathan Funk, 2009.   
  • Contemporary Islam: Dynamic, Not Static, co-edited with Meena Sharify-Funk and Mohammed Abu-Nimer, 2006.   
  • The World of Islam, with Abdul Karim Bangura. Pearson Custom Publishing, 2004.   
  • Cultural Diversity and Islam, co-edited with Meena Sharify-Funk, University Press of America, 2003.   
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice, co-edited with Nathan C. Funk and Ayse Kadayifici, University Press of America, 2001.   
  • "Vision 20/20: Future of the Middle East," editor, Search for Common Ground, 2001.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • The University Faculty Award, Outstanding Service to the American University   
  • Outstanding Faculty Award Mortar Board   
  • Status of Lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State   
  • Grantee, The Rockefeller Foundation   
  • Grantee, The United States Institute of Peace   
  • Grantee, National Endowment for Democracy   
  • Grantee, United States Agency for International Development   
  • Phi Epsilon Pi National Jewish Fraternity, Living Legend Award   
  • Abdul Aziz Said Phi Epsilon Pi Scholarship (named after)   
  • Multicultural Award, American University Office of Multicultural Affairs       

Executive Experience

  • Advisor, the United States Department of State on the "Future of Iraq" project, Democratic Principles Group
  • Advisor, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy
  • Member, White House Committee on the Islamic World
  • President, Regional Chapter of the International Studies Association
  • Member, National Council, International Studies Association
  • Consultant to the United Nations Development Program
  • Consultant to UNESCO
  • Participant in Arab-Israeli peace dialogues
  • Consultant to USIA, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense
  • Prepared report "Youth and Bureaucracy," for the White House Youth Conference, February, 1971.

 

AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Cultural context of politics, democratization in the Arab world, spirituality and global politics, Islamic dialogue, conflict resolution, Middle East peace process, human rights; fluent in Arabic and French 

Additional Information:  For decades Abdul Aziz Said, as a senior ranking faculty member in the School of International Service, has worked quietly and effectively to create global peace.  He is currently working on promoting the concept of localizing peace, which uses cultural memory as well as local traditions and methods to develop more effective and sustainable conflict prevention and resolution practices.  Author of more than 16 books and numerous articles, in 2009, Said coauthored with Nathan Funk Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner Publishers).  His most recent publication is Islam and Peacemaking coauthored with Sheherazade Jafari, in Peacemaking: A Comprehensive Theory and Practice Reference, (Praeger Security International), which is  forthcoming.

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