Qamar-ul Huda, Ph.D. Scholar of Islam and Senior Program Officer, Religion and Peacemaking Program, U.S. Institute of Peace; author, 'The Crescent and Dove'

Qamar-ul Huda is a Senior Program Officer in the Religion and Peacemaking Program and a scholar of Islam at U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). His area of expertise is Islamic theology, intellectual history, ethics, comparative ethics, the language of violence, conflict resolution and nonviolence in contemporary Islam. His new USIP book, The Crescent and Dove: Critical Perspectives on Peace and Conflict Resolution in Islam, provides a critical analysis of models of nonviolent strategies, peace-building efforts, conflict-resolution methods in Muslim communities. His research is on comparative Sunni-Shi'ite interpretations of social justice, ethics, dialogue, and the ways in which the notion of justice is used and appropriated. Dr. Huda has examined the production of religious knowledge, the diversity of religious practices, identity, and peacemaking in Striving for Divine Union: Spiritual Exercises for Suhrawardi Sufis (RoutledgeCurzon). He taught Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at Boston College, College of the Holy Cross and Brandeis University. He earned his doctorate from UCLA in Islamic intellectual history and his B.A. from Colgate University.