Zaman Stanizai, PhD
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ZAMAN STANIZAI

Zaman has a doctorate in Political Science and completed his postgraduate studies in Islamic Mysticism (Sufism) and Islamic Gnosticism (Erfan). He has taught at Kabul University, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, and several community colleges in Southern California. His of areas of specialization are: Islamic Studies; Sufism; Theosophy; Political Philosophy;and Poetic Expression in Mystical Thought. He currently teaches: Islamic Traditions.
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Zaman has a doctorate in Political Science and completed his postgraduate studies in Islamic Mysticism (Sufism) and Islamic Gnosticism (Erfan). He has taught at Kabul University, the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, and several community colleges in Southern California. His of areas of specialization are: Islamic Studies; Sufism; Theosophy; Political Philosophy;and Poetic Expression in Mystical Thought. He currently teaches: Islamic Traditions.
Zaman Stanizai is professor of Islamic Traditions at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Stanizai has written extensively on a wide range of topics from Indo-Iranian languages to identity politics and political philosophy and from Esoteric Islamic thought to Sufi poetry. A published poet himself, he has translated the works of Rumi and Hafiz, among others. He received his MA in Linguistics from the University of Washington and an MA and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
Zaman S. Stanizai, Ph.D. is a Professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and he teaches Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Washington in Seattle. As a Fulbright scholar he has worked in Indo-Iranian languages and his post-doctoral studies have been in Islamic mysticism, and depth and sacred psychology.

He has taught at several colleges and universities in Southern California and abroad and has lectured widely on Islamic contributions to world civilization reflecting on current conflicts in historical context.  He has written on political theory with emphasis on the viability of third world states encountering globalization, and on political identity focusing on the politicization of ethnic, national, and religious identities as a contributing factor in regional and world conflicts
In his literary endeavors Dr. Stanizai explores beauty in the depth of thought through a modern perspective. As a published poet Dr. Stanizai has translated the works of Rumi, Hafiz, and Rahman Baba whose classical style he emulates in his Pashto and Dari Persian verse.

In his peace advocacy Dr. Stanizai addresses the prevalence of archetypal warrior culture and pursues a pacifist stream of consciousness that can be summed up this way: “Build tomorrow’s bridges from the bricks of yesterday’s walls of separation.  Span them across the murky waters of cultural relativism to see yourself in the ‘other’ on the other side.”
I love being in the thought as well as being in thoughts. In the flow of thought and being I enjoy immersion and analyzing the intellectually stimulating rational in the physical as much as the spiritually soothing in the transcendent. My poetic expressions weave in and out of these layers defying dimensionality and defining the essence of being.
Dr. Zaman Stanizai is Professor of Professor of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Professor of Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is a Fulbright scholar and has earned a PhD and two masters of art degrees in political science and linguistics at USC and the University of Washington. Dr. Stanizai has engaged in extensive postdoctoral studies in Sufism and mysticism, concentrating on the thought of Ibn Arabi and Rumi. His literary work is published in Persian, Pashto, and English. As a peace advocate he blogs in the Middle East Institute and on HuffingtonPost.com. He has lectured widely on Islamic contributions to world civilization.
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