Qamar-ul Huda

Former Senior Program Officer, Religion and Peacemaking Center

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Qamar-ul Huda is a senior program officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Center and a scholar of Islam at USIP. His expertise is religious peacemaking, Islamic theology, ethics, conflict resolution and non-violence in contemporary Islam. His edited book, Crescent and Dove: Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, provides critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies and peacebuilding efforts in Muslim communities. He is examining comparative Sunni-Shi’ite notions of justice, peacebuilding, and ethics. In Striving for Divine Union, Huda  examined the production of religious knowledge and diversity of religious practices within Suhrawardis. Huda is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and taught at Boston College, the College of Holy Cross, and Brandeis University. He earned his doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, his bachelor's degree from Colgate University, and studied in Islamic seminaries overseas. 

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June 12, 2014

Another round of diplomatic talks over Iran’s nuclear program with six world powers starts June 16. Despite the promise of a potential deal, the most recent round of negotiations exposed the still-deep divisions between the two sides on basic questions. A final agreement will have to establish timetables and settle on interpretation of terms, among other critical issues.


March 20, 2012
Qamar-ul Huda captures the key perspectives of a roundtable convened by the United States Institute of Peace which drew on the expertise of scholars, practitioners, U.S. government officials, and the policy community to discuss the implications of the burning of the Koran in Afghanistan in February, 2012.
October 1, 2010
Crescent and Dove looks at the relationship between contemporary Islam and peacemaking by tackling the diverse interpretations, concepts, and problems in the field of Islamic peacemaking. It addresses both theory and practice by delving into the intellectual heritage of Islam to discuss historical examples of addressing conflict in Islam and exploring the practical challenges of contemporary peacemaking in Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
January 21, 2010
This Working Paper is the culmination of the work of the Study Group on Reform and Security.
August 1, 2009
Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World highlights the challenges that escalating identity conflicts within Muslim-majority states pose for both the Muslim world and for the West, an issue that has received scant attention in policy and academic circles.