Dr. Aref Ali Nayed is the former Ambassador of Libya to the United Arab Emirates and is the Founder and Chairman of Kalam Research & Media (KRM). During the Libyan revolution he was also the Chief Operations Manager of the Libya Stabilization Team. Before the liberation of Tripoli in 2011, he was appointed by the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya as the coordinator of the Tripoli Taskforce. When Tripoli was liberated in late August 2011, the remit was broadened and he was made the lead coordinator of the Libya Stabilization Team. Earlier in the year, he was the coordinator for the Support Offices of the Executive Team of the NTC. He is also the secretary of the Network of Free Ulema Libya.
He is Senior Advisor to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme and a member of the Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation. He was Professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome) and the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia), Fellow of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute in Jordan, and Visiting Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet University in Istanbul. He had managed an Information Technology company based in the UAE and Libya. He also lectured on Islamic Theology, Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in Tripoli, Libya.
He received his BSc in Engineering, MA in the Philosophy of Science, and a PhD in Hermeneutics from the University of Guelph (Canada). He also studied at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Gregorian University. He has been involved in various Inter-Faith initiatives since 1987, including the recent “A Common Word” process, and has authored several scholarly works including Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and Blessing: A Muslim Response to ‘A Muscat Manifesto’ (KRM, 2010); Duties of Proximity: Towards a Theology of Neighborliness (KRM, 2010); and, co-authored with Jeff Mitscherling and Tanya Ditommaso, The Author’s Intention (Lexington Books, 2004). His recently published book is Operational Hermeneutics: Interpretation as the Engagement of Operational Artifacts (KRM, 2011). His forthcoming books include Catholic Engagements: A Muslim Theologian’s Journey in Muslim-Catholic Dialogue (KRM) and Future of Muslim Theology (to be published by Blackwell).
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