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Saeed Khan


Saeed A. Khan is currently in the Department of History and Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University- Detroit, Michigan, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East and History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought.  He is also Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy, and at Michigan State University: James Madison College, where he teaches Islam and World Politics.  He has also taught Modern Middle Eastern and World History at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan and Middle East History at Eastern Michigan University.  In addition, he is a founding member and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding: a Michigan-based Think Tank promoting the study and analysis of US social and domestic policy.  With areas of focus including US policy, globalization, Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as genomics and bioethics, Mr. Khan has been a contributor to several media agencies, such as C-Span, NPR, Voice of America and the National Press Club, as well as newspapers and other outlets, and is also a consultant on Islamic and Middle East affairs for the BBC.  In addition, he has served as consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum.  Most recently, Mr. Khan has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities.

Mr. Khan’s publications include, “Orientalism and Western Concepts of Race and Difference in Science,” published in the Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, by Nature Publishing Group, four entries in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Islam in America by Harvard University Press and an entry on Muslim women in multimedia roles in North America in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture.  His research on Muslim women and the headscarf has been published as a chapter in Negotiating Boundaries? Identities, Sexualities, Diversities, published by Cambridge Scholars Press.  His study on the “Impact of the Iraq Crisis upon the Interaction of Detroit’s Iraqi Religious Communities” as part of the Harvard Pluralism Project has received international attention.  He has also been an invited speaker at institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Yale, Duke, University of Michigan, American University, Hartford Seminary, Stanford, University of California-Berkeley, Colby College, U-Mass: Boston, Boston College, Vanderbilt University, University of British Columbia, the University of Virginia, Georgetown, the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Bronfman Center at NYU, the Pritzker Military Library, as well as Fatih University in Turkey, Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, The University of Aberdeen, University of Manchester, University of Westminster and the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom

Mr. Khan is an active member of the National Conference on Community and Justice where he participates in the Interfaith Scholars Colloquium.  He has served as an invited participant at the 4th Doha Conference on Religious Dialogue in Qatar in April 2006, where he engaged in interfaith discussion with Jewish, Muslim and Christian community and religious leaders from around the world as well as a partner in Abraham’s Bridge- a dialogue with filmmaker Jacob Bender about Jewish-Muslim relations.  He has also been a participant in the Anglican Mission to the United Nations Initiative on Religious Dialogue and Understanding and the joint Muslim-Christian Peace Initiative with the Fuller Theological Seminary.