A. Rashied Omar
Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding
106 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-7740
Fax: (574) 631-6973
Areas of expertise: Roots of religious violence; religion and constructive social engagement; interreligious peacebuilding; Islamic ethics of war and peace; peace studies
A. Rashied Omar earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and an M.A. in peace studies from Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, where he is now a core faculty member.
Omar’s research and teaching focus on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding. He is co-author with David Chidester et al. of Religion in Public Education: Options for a New South Africa (UCT Press, 1994), a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2015), and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan Reference USA, 2016).
During Notre Dame’s spring semester, Omar teaches a popular course on the Islamic ethics of war and peace as well as peace studies courses. For the remainder of the year, he serves as field research advisor to Kroc Institute’s master’s students in Cape Town, South Africa.
In addition to being a university-based researcher and teacher, Omar serves as Imam (religious minister) at the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, a trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa, a member of the Interfaith Council for Ethics Education, Arigatou International in Japan, and an advisory board member for Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.