Professor Abdulaziz Sachedina has been appointed to take the IIIT Chair in Islamic Studies at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, George Mason University. He is currently professor Religious Studies at University of Virginia, Charolttesville. Prof. Sachedina has done extensive research on classical Islamic sources and has written on contemporary issues such as human rights (Human Rights and the Conflicts of Culture, Islam and the Challenge of Human Rights), democracy (The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism), biomedical ethics (Islamic Biomedical Ethics).
In a press release on April 25th, Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies said: "Mason is proud to attract scholars of this caliber, a testament to the university's commitment to become a global center of excellence for teaching, research, and outreach in Islamic studies."
IIIT welcomed the appointment as a major contribution to the enhancement of Islamic Studies in general, and IIIT's cooperation with GMU in the study of the global presence of Islam.
Prof. Sachedina has studied in India, Iraq, Iran, and Canada, and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He will arrive at GMU in January 2013 from the University of Virginia, Charolttesville, VA where he is currently professor of Religious Studies.