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Abdul Said Prof Emeritus School of International Service

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Additional Positions at AU
Mohamad Said Farsi Chair Emeritus of Islamic Peace
Founding Director, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division
Director Emeritus and Founder, American University Center for Global Peace
PhD, American University; MA, American University; BA, American University

Languages Spoken
French, English, and Arabic
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
Dr. Said is Professor Emeritus of International Relations and holds the distinction of the longest teaching tenure at AU having started teaching in 1957 until retiring in 2015. He was the first occupant of the Mohamad Said Farsi Chair Emeritus of Islamic Peace. He is the author and editor of 25 books and over 100 papers. His contributions include developing the following educational, research and outreach programs and activities: AU Center for Global Peace, Islamic Peace Studies, International Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Center for Cooperative Global Development, Community for Social Change and Political Participation in the Middle East and Africa, Center for Mediterranean Studies, Summer Institute for Teachers: Education for Global Citizenship, Creative Peacebuilding Initiatives, Washington Semester in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Washington Semester in Islam and World Affairs, Washington Semester in Foreign Policy, and Consortium PhD in Islamic Studies - greater Washington consortium In addition to his academic work, Dr. Said has served as an advisor to numerous international organizations and governments, including the U.S. State Department, The United Nations, The White House, and UNESCO. Dr. Said has engaged in many conflict resolution projects ranging from urban schools to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
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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

  • Minding the Heart, Forthcoming.

  • “Peace, the Inside Story”, Forthcoming.

  • “Searching for Common Grounds and Partnerships for a Better World” New Beginning: From Discourse to Action ed. Moshen Youssef. Forthcoming.

  • "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), Lynne Rienner Publishers, November 2008. 
  • Peace as a Human Right:  Towards an Integrated Understanding, (co-authored with Charles Lerche) in Human Rights and Conflict:  Exploring the Links Between Rights, Law, and Peacebuilding (Eds.) Julie Mertus and Jeffrey W. Helsing, United States Institute of Peace, December 2006. 
  • Contemporary Islam: Dynamic, Not Static, co-edited with Meena Sharify-Funk and Mohammed Abu-Nimer, 2006.   
  • Bridges, Not Barriers, Essays on Exploring a Global Dream, The Fetzer Institute, Summer 2006, Essay Number 1. 
  • 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.
  • Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective, Fourth Edition (with Charles O. Lerche, Jr. and Charles O. Lerche, III), Prentice Hall: Revised 1963, Revised 1970, Revised 1979, and Revised 1995.
  • Ethnicity and U.S. Foreign Policy, ed., Second Edition, Praeger: 1977 and 1981.
  • Human Rights and World Order, ed., Transaction Books/Praeger, 1978.
  • Ethnicity in an International Context, ed. (with L.R. Simmons), Transaction Books, 1976.
  • Drugs, Politics and Diplomacy, ed. (with L.R. Simmons), Sage, 1974.
  • The New Sovereigns: Multinational Corporations as World Powers, ed. (with L.R. Simmons), Prentice-Hall, 1971.
  • Protagonists of Change: Subcultures in Development and Revolution, ed., Spectrum      Books, Prentice-Hall, 1971.
  • America’s Role in the 70's, ed., Spectrum Books, Prentice-Hall, 1970.
  • Revolutionism (with Daniel Collier), Allyn and Bacon, 1968.
  • The African Phenomenon, Allyn and Bacon, 1968.
  • Theory of International Relations: The Crisis of Relevance, ed., Prentice-Hall, 1968.

Contributions to learned journals, anthologies, and newspapers on issues in global politics, including the American Journal of International Law, Human Rights Quarterly, Peace Review, International Journal of Peace Studies, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Enquirer and other newspapers in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Professional Services

Public Service:

  • 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
  • Search Committee, Library of Congress, selection of director of Islamic program
  • Traveled, since 1964, and lectured under the auspices of the Department of State and USIA throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and East and South Asia
  • Moderator, the Ecumenical Council of Washington
  • Frequent lecturer at all United States Military and War colleges
  • Frequent lecturer universities throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, East and South Asia, and the South Pacific
  • Selected to membership of the Top 200 Lecturers of the Young Presidents Organizations.  Participated in programs of several YPO universities including in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, India, Austria, South Africa, and Turkey
  • Frequent radio and television appearances

University Service:

  • Member and Chair, Term Faculty Action Committee, School of International Service
  • Member and Chair, The American University Faculty Senate
  • Member and Chair, Faculty Relations Committee of the American University
  • Member and Chair, University Admission Committee
  • Member and Chair, Rank and Tenure Committee, School of International Service 
  • President and Faculty, School of International Service
  • Chair, International Relations Sub-Faculty, School of International Service.
  • Chair, Committee on Academic Development
  • Moderator, The Scholar Diplomat Program, The American University
  • Chair, Library Committee of the American University
  • Chair, Faculty Search Committees
  • Member, Presidential Search Committee of American University

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • International Studies Association, Distinguished Scholar of Peace Studies
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Pi Award for Service and Excellence 
  • American University Outstanding Contribution to Academic Development Award
  • The University Faculty Award, Outstanding Service to the American University
  • The Annual Award of the College of Public Affairs, Distinguished Service to the University
  • Outstanding Faculty Award Mortar Board
  • Faculty Excellence Award
  • Status of Lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State
  • Best Speaker Award by the Washington Semester Program
  • Grantee, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Grantee, The United States Institutes of Peace
  • Grantee, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Grantee, United States Agency for International Development
  • Phi Epsilon Pi National Jewish Fraternity, “Living Legend” Award (2004)
  • Abdul Aziz Said Phi Epsilon Pi Scholarship (named after)
  • Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies (named after)
  • African Students Association Award
  • Outstanding Service Award, American University Graduate Student Association
  • Multicultural Award, American University Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • SIS Fall Annual Dinner Honoree, American University (2006)
  • Mahatma Gandhi Foundation Fourth Annual Fellowship of Peace Award (2007)
  • El-Hibri Peace Education Prize (2007)
  • Honors Professor of the Year, American University Honors Program (2007-2008)
  • American University Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Professional Contributions (2009)
  • Honorary Chairman, Golden Eagles Reunion, American University (2009)
  • American University Award for Distinguished Service in the School of International Service 1957-2015 (2015)
  • Recipient International Political Science Association’s Teh-Kuang Chang Award for Outstanding Scholar on Asian and Pacific Studies (2018)

Executive Experience

Editorial Boards:

  • Human Rights Quarterly
  • International Journal of Nonviolence
  • Journal of Peacebuilding and Development
  • Peace Review
  • Kosmos Journal

Membership on Boards of Directors and/or Advisors:

  • Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM)
  • Center for Peace Building International 
  • Center for the Study of the Presidency:  National Committee to Unite a Divided America
  • Council on Foreign Relations:  Power-Sharing and Minority Rights in Iraq
  • Council on US-Syrian Relations
  • Creative Peace Building Initiatives
  • El Hibri Charitable Foundation
  • Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Program
  • Global Alliance for Transnational Education (GATE)
  • Global Education Associates
  • Human Rights International
  • International Association of University Presidents: U.N. Commission on Arms Control
  • International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
  • International Youth Advocate Foundation
  • International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
  • Jones International University-University of The Web
  • Joint Program on Conflict Resolution. (Institute for Victims of Trauma)
  • Karamah – Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Mohamad S. Farsi Foundation
  • National Peace Foundation
  • National Youth Advocate Program
  • Nonviolence International
  • Peacebuilding & Development Institute
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Seven Pillars House of Wisdom
  • The Omega Institute
  • Washington National Cathedral Interfaith Curriculum Advisory Council
  • Youth Advocate Program International