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Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace


Professor Said has published over a dozen books on the subjects of Peace, Islam, the Middle East, Diversity, and International Relations. Below are a few of his most recent publications.

Islam and Peacemaking

Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East

(Lynne Rienner Publishers, Nathan C. Funk and Abdul Aziz Said 2008)

"Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East" begins with a set of provocative questions: How, for example, do Muslims conceive of peace? To what degree do differences in the interpretation of Islam affect the ways in which peace is sought in the contemporary Middle East?Through analysis of regional trends and case studies, the authors explore various Islamic ideas of peace and their bearing on difficult ethnic, nationalist, and civic conflicts. The result widens the parameters for serious discussion of Islam's contributions - real and potential - to ongoing negotiations.The authors explore varying Islamic conceptions of peace and their bearing on ethnic, nationalist, and civil conflicts in the contemporary Middle East.

Contemporary Islam

Islam: Dynamic, not Static

(Routledge Press, Abdul Aziz Said, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Meena Sharify-Funk, eds. 2006)

Contemporary Islam provides a counterweight to the prevailing opinions of Islamic thought as conservative and static with a preference for violence over dialogue. It gathers together a collection of eminent scholars from around the world who tackle issues such as intellectual pluralism, gender, the ethics of political participation, human rights, non-violence and religious harmony. This is a highly topical and important study which gives a progressive outlook for Islam's role in modern politics and society.

Bridges, Not Barriers

Bridges, Not Barriers

(Fetzer Institute, Abdul Aziz Said 2006)

As the inaugural essay in the global series, this leading peace studies educator and scholar examines both the American realm and the emerging global community with insight into the complex state of international relations, while envisioning a shift in world values that might birth a common world based on the spiritual conception of love and cooperation.

Cultural Diversity and Islam

Cultural Diversity and Islam

(University Press of America, Abdul Aziz Said and Meena Sharify-Funk, eds. 2003)

A compilation of original scholarly papers on the theme of cultural diversity in Islamic thought and proactive under conditions of early and late modernity, with a specific contemporary focus on the crisis of religious tolerance in the Muslim world. Particular emphasis is placed upon Islamic concepts of cultural diversity as they contrast to the traditional Western liberal approach that takes a neutral position on tolerance to cultural difference.

Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam

Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice

(University Press of America, Abdul Aziz Said, Nathan C. Funk and S. Ayse Kadayifci eds. 2001)

This volume assembles a selection from the best available English-language writings on a matter of central importance in Islamic precepts: peace (salam) and conflict resolution. The writings present diverse Muslim views on the nature of peace and the processes of conflict resolution, giving expression to a range of syntheses or "paradigms" of Islamic precept and practice. Attention is given to both the diversity and underlying points of unity among Islamic perspectives on peace, which accentuate, variously, an absence of war, a presence of justice and ecological harmony.

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