Louay M. Safi "Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC), Plainfield, Indiana. He is fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and serves on the steering committee of the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger.
"Has published extensively on such issues as socio-political development, modernization, democracy, human rights, and Islamic resurgence, including eight books and numerous academic papers. He received a doctorate of philosophy in political science from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1992.
"Author of nine books, including: The Qur'anic Narrative (Praeger 2008), Leading with Compassion (Outskirts Press 2008), Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World, (University Press of America 2003), Peace and the Limits of War (International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2001), The Challenge of Modernity (University Press of America 1994), Truth and Reform (The Open Press 1998), The Foundation of Knowledge (International Islamic University of Malaysia 1996), Al-‘Aqidah wa al-Syiasah (International Institute of Islamic Thougt 1996), and I’mal al ‘Aql (Dar al-Fikr 1998)
"Served as founding director of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (1999-2007), Executive Director (1995-97) and Director of Research (1999-2003) of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Editor of the Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (1999-2003), and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (1999-2003).
"Also served as an Associate Professor of Political Science (1994-99), Dean of Research (1998-99), and Senate Member at the International Islamic University, Malaysia (1995-99). Also served as Visiting Professor at George Washington University (2001)."