Director

expxvn8o_400x400 (1)Sami A. Al-Arian is the Director of the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) andPublic Affairs Professor at Istanbul Sabahittin Zaim University. He received his PhD in Computer Engineering in 1986, and was a tenured academic in the US for two decades receiving best teaching awards at the University of South Florida (1993 and 1994) and several grants, as well as having over forty publications to his credit. During his four decades in the US (1975-2015), Dr. Al-Arian founded rumerous institutions and publications in the field of education, research, religion and interfaith, as well as civil and human rights. He was a prolific speaker across many US campuses, especially on Palestine, Islam and the West, and Civil Rights. In 2001, he was named by Newsweek the "premier civil rights activists" in the US for his efforts to repeal the use of Secret Evidene in immigration courts. In 2012, he was profiled by historians in the Encyclopedia of American Dessidents as one of the only three Muslims in the US out of 152 dissidents and prisoners of conscience that were included in the series in the past century (along with Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali). His US story was featured in 2007 in the award winning documentary "US vs. Al-Arian," and in 2016 in the book "Being Palestinian." Dr. Al-Arian has written several studies and numerous artiles focusing on US foreign policy, Palestine, and the Arab Spring phenomena. His book of poetry on Sprituality, Palestine, and Human Rights Conspiring Against Joseph was published in 2004. He is also the author of The Arab Awakening Unveiled: Understanding Transformatios and Revolutions in the Middle East.