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Research Scholar of Islamic Studies & Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame

October 14th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Religion
Geographical Expertise - Region: North America, Subsaharan Africa
Languages: Afrikaans, Arabic, English
Field of Work: Academia, Religious Leader
City: Notre Dame
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Rashied Omar1 Rashied OmarDr. Rashied Omar is Research Scholar of Islamic Studies & Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching focuses on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding.

Omar holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an M.A. in peace studies from the Kroc Institute. He also completed study programs in Islamic Studies in South Africa, Sudan, Pakistan, and Malaysia.

He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan Reference USA, 2003) and co-author with David Chidester of Religion in Public Education: Options for a New South Africa (Cape Town: UCT PRESS, 1994). He is currently in collaboration with two international scholars (Martin Forward-Aurora University, and Scott Alexander-Catholic Theological Union, Chicago) contracted by Cambridge University Press to serve as a co-editor in the production of A Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations to be completed in 2012.

In addition to being a University-based researcher and teacher Omar puts theory to practice. He serves as the coordinating Imam at the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, international advisor to the Dutch based, Knowledge Forum on Religion and Development, and trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa.

Omar teaches a popular course on Islamic Ethics of War and Peace at Notre Dame during the Spring semesters.

During of remainder of the year Omar is back in South Africa where he serves as Imam of the Claremont Main Road Masjid and field research advisor to Kroc peace studies graduate students in Cape Town.

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