Abdulaziz Sachedina, Ph.D.

University of Virginia
United StatesAbdulaziz A. Sachedina is a professor of Islamic and Shi’ite Studies and Theological and Juridical Studies at the University of Virginia. His research interests include religious fundamentalism, war and peace, political ethics, and interfaith relations in Islam. He is currently conducting research on three fronts: legal methodology in Islamic schools of legal thought; Islamic bioethics and medical jurisprudence; and Islamic art and architecture as an expression of spirituality in Islam. He is a member of the International Association of Bioethics and the American Academy of Religion.

Dr. Sachedina received bachelor’s degrees from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, and Ferdowski University, Mashhad, Iran, in 1966 and 1971 respectively. After receiving his Ph.D. in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Toronto, he began teaching at UVA in 1976. Dr. Sachedina has also served as a visiting professor at numerous institutions, most recently Haverford College, the University of Jordan, and the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. He is married and has two children.