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Dr. Louay Safi is a scholar of Islam and the Middle East, and an advocate of Arab and Muslim American rights.

He is a prolific author and frequent speaker on issues of human rights, Middle East, peace, leadership, and Islam and the West, and an advocate of human rights and civil liberties.  

He currently serves as the Common Word Fellow at Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. He also serves as an associate faculty with the Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), and a fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

Has published extensively on such issues as socio-political development, modernization, democracy, human rights, and Islam and the West, including eleven books and numerous academic papers and book chapters. He received a doctorate of philosophy in political science from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1992.

Author of eleven books, including: Palestine: Prophetic Principles Over Prophecies, (Outskirts Press 2009), The Qur'anic Narrative (Praeger 2008), Leading with Compassion (Outskirts Press 2008), Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World, (University Press of America 2003), Peace and the Limits of War (International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2001), The Challenge of Modernity (University Press of America 1994), Truth and Reform (The Open Press 1998), The Foundation of Knowledge (International Islamic University of Malaysia 1996), Al-‘Aqidah wa al-Syiasah (International Institute of Islamic Thought 1996), and I’mal al ‘Aql (Dar al-Fikr 1998)

Served as the director of communications and leadership development of  the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) (2009), executive director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (2004-2008), founding director of  Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (1999-2007), Executive Director (1995-97) and Director of Research (1999-2003) of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Editor of the Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (1999-2003), and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (1999-2003).

Also served as an Associate Professor of Political Science (1994-99), Dean of Research (1998-99), and Senate Member at the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1995-99). Also served as Visiting Professor at George Washington University (2001).

Participated in numerous international forums and conferences, and contributed articles to various academic journals, including the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Islamic Studies, Intellectual Discourse, Middle East Affairs Journal, Journal of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Islamiyyat al-Macrifa, al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi, Minbar al-Hiwar, al-Insan, and al-Muslim al-Mucasir.

Appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, including CNN, BBC, Monte Carlo, Fox News, PBS, Middle East TV (MBC), Al-Jazeera TV, Voice of America, Malaysian Television, and others.