Abdul Aziz Said

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Abdul Aziz Said "is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a wide range of activities, both on and off campus, aimed at advancing our understanding of world peace. He founded and serves as director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division, in the School of International Service, which offers a Master of Arts degree and four dual or joint degree options, as well as concentrations at the Doctoral and Undergraduate levels. He is responsible for developing several educational, research, and outreach programs such as the Center for Cooperative Global Development, Project PEN (Providing for Educational Needs), the Washington Semester in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Summer Institute for Teachers: Education for Global Citizenship, the Center for Mediterranean Studies, and the Community for Social Change and Political Participation in the Middle East and Africa.

"He is a frequent lecturer and participant in national and international peace conferences and dialogues and is deeply involved with a number of professional associations and Service Academies. He has lectured in more than one hundred universities in the United States and all over the world. His past and current public service includes consulting the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, the United Nations and the White House Committee on the Islamic World. He has served as the president of the regional chapter for the International Studies Association and as moderator for the Ecumenical Council of Washington. He advises and serves on the Board of Directors for various international non-governmental organizations including Search for Common Ground, Global Education Associates, the National Peace Foundation, PAX International, International Youth Advocate Program, The Omega Institute, Nonviolence International, and Global Alliance for Transnational Education, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, and the Jones International University-University of the Web. He also serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Quarterly and Peace Review. He served as advisor to the Democratic Principles Working Group of the United States Department of State's “Future of Iraq Project” in 2002-2003 and was an advisor to the members of the Iraqi Governing Council.

"He has written, co-authored and edited more than seventeen books including Contemporary Islam: Dynamic, not Static, Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam: Precept and Practice , Cultural Diversity and Islam, Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective , Human Rights and World Order, Ethnicity in an International Context, The New Sovereigns: Multinational Corporations as World Powers, Theory of International Relations: The Crisis of Relevance, Ethnicity and U.S. Foreign Policy and articles on various aspects of world politics.

"His 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." [1]


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  1. Abdul Aziz Said, American University, accessed July 7, 2007.
  2. Directors, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, accessed August 26, 2008.
  3. Advisory Board, Kosmos Journal, accessed December 16, 2011.
  4. Gandhi Memorial Foundation Fellowship of Peace Award, organizational web page, accessed June 2, 2012.