Louay M. Safi

Common Word Fellow

Louay M. Safi currently serves as Common Word Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. He also serves as an associate faculty with the Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis, and a non-resident fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU).

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 published eleven books, including The Qur’anic Narrative (Praeger 2008), Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World, (University Press of America, 2003), Peace and the Limits of War (IIIT 2001), and The Challenge of Modernity (University Press of America, 1994).

Dr. Safi is a founding member and former board member of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) (1999-2007). He also served as communications and leadership development director (2009) and executive director of the Leadership Development Center (2004-08) of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

He served as the 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).

He taught at Wayne State University, Michigan, (1988-92), and served as associate professor of Political Science at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (1994-99). He also served as visiting professor at George Washington (2001-2002) and

Dr. Safi participated in numerous national and 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, and Journal of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies.

He 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, Syrian TV, and others.