Dr Aref Ali Nayed


Nayed was the first post-Gaddafi Libyan Ambassador to the UAE for Libya’s National Transitional Council. He led the Tripoli Stabilisation Team. Prior to the Libyan revolution he worked as an important scholar in the field of Muslim-Christian relations, and is the founder and director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM).

Religious Scholar: Nayed is a former professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome), a former professor at the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC, Malaysia) and a senior advisor to the Cambridge Interfaith Program and the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge, UK. Prior to the Libyan revolution he lectured on Islamic Theology, Logic, and Spirituality at the restored Uthman Pasha Madrasa in Tripoli, Libya, and supervised Graduate Students at the Islamic Call College there. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Templeton Foundation.

Political Leader: Nayed’s other strengths have not gone unnoticed, and when he first submitted his resignation from the post of Ambassador to the UAE, it was rejected, and he was asked to take the position again. He is viewed in many circles as a man of integrity, wisdom and strength; virtues that are needed at the highest level to put Libya back on track. In 2017, Nayed launched a new movement for change in Libya dubbed Ihya Libya (“Reviving Libya”) which aims to create a stable, prosperous and democratic country.

Libya: Al-Ahly Wins Pan-Arab Basketball Championship - ANSAmed
2013-11-04 14:41:25

In a videomessage, newly elected Chairman of Al-Ahly club, Ambassador Dr Aref Ali Nayed, thanked Benghazi and the club for not only hosting but also winning the championship and announced an upcoming tour of the USA by Al-Ahly to play and train with ...

Sorting Out the Houla Massacre
2012-05-30 23:00:00

Sorting Out the Houla Massacre

Libyans focus on reconciliation and rebuilding
2011-09-01 23:00:00

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's new leadership reaffirmed its commitment to democracy on Friday and worked on its priorities for spending billions ...

In Libya, Islamists’ Growing Sway Raises Questions - NYTimes.com
2011-09-14 23:00:00

Long repressed by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Islamists are now emerging as the best-organized political faction in the country, with influence ...

The Washington Post
2014-10-23 22:00:00

A dangerous scenario looms ahead in Libya with an ongoing, multi-faceted struggle that is only partially understood.

Isis 'could be close to reaching Mediterranean', former Libyan prime minister claims
2015-02-10 23:00:00

Isis could reach the Mediterranean if order is not restored in Libya, the country’s former prime minister has reportedly suggested.

Joint statement Christian Muslim delegation to Nigeria
2013-03-22 01:56:19

A joint statement issued on 25 May at the press conference in Abuja, by the WCC and the Royal Jordanian Aal Al Bayt Institute delegation's visit ...

Birth: 1 January 1962 (Age: 56)

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Influence: Interfaith scholar and influential figure in the new Libyan government.

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Status: Featured in current year