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Abdul Aziz Said currently is the first occupant of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, the Director of the Center for Global Peace, and the Director and founder of the International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program at American University in Washington, D.C. Said is a frequent lecturer and participant in national and international peace conferences. He is the senior professor of International Relations at AU, having been with the University since 1957. Author of a dozen books and scores of articles, including: the Fourth Edition of a book he co-authored with Charles O. Lerche, Jr., entitled Concepts of International Politics in Global Perspective, and "The Middle East and United States Foreign Policy: Searching for Reality" (an article in The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Volume III, Issue 2). His deep commitment to global peace and the fundamentals of political coexistence, cultural diversity, and ecological balance has furthered the expansion of peace and conflict resolution studies. In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. levels, Said has conducted an annual summer institute for teachers entitled "Educating for Global Citizenship," and has developed numerous conferences and workshops relating to conflict resolution, democratization, ethnicity, and international conflict.

 

 

Abstract of paper given at Islam and Ecology conference:
Peace in Islam: An Ecology of the Spirit

Abdul Aziz Said and Nathan C. Funk

The Islamic understanding of peace suggests an ecological harmony of the spirit predicated on tawhid, the fundamental unity of God and of all existence. The essential thrust of the Qur'anic revelation upholds principles of universalism, inclusiveness, and coexistence which refer not only to all humankind, but also to the creatures of the natural world, which are themselves signs of God. While the implications of the message of Islam have been variously interpreted, exemplary practitioners of Islam have underscored the ecological, holistic, and integral modalities of their faith, promoting reconciliation and harmony through the peaceful resolution of conflicts and respect for nature. Islamic spiritual and cultural traditions, in both their cosmopolitan and local forms, provide rich sources for peace and ecology.

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