Omar Sadr

Academic and Author

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Meet Omar Sadr

I was brought up in Kabul in a Persian surrounding, but the twelve years of my precious childhood were lost in a tough time when Afghanistan was experiencing consistent devastating crises from state fragmentation to civil war, to the dark age of Taliban totalitarian rule, to resistance. Our house was destroyed, we were displaced, our family was scattered, and we lost many of our dear ones.

I spent my twenties in Delhi where I earned a doctorate and became the first PhD holder of the Social Science Faculty in the South Asian University, (SAU), a university established by the SAARC nations; I was also the first Afghanistan citizen who was awarded a doctorate in SAU.

When I started writing as an academic, I was drawn to theorizing the challenges of peaceful coexistence in a plural society and how cultural diversity was suppressed in Afghanistan. This was inspired by my experiences in Afghanistan and its problematic history. The focus of my writings has mostly been on exploring political reform, constitutionalism, democracy, multiculturalism and pluralism. My first book Negotiating Cultural Diversity in Afghanistan published in 2020 addresses these.

In 2021, I, once again, lost my house, my family and my homeland when the Taliban occupied Kabul for the second time.

Currently, I am a scholar in exile at the University of Pittsburgh in the US.


Books in English

Books in Farsi


Chapters in Edited Books:

‘In Search of Peace: Letters of Najibullah and Hasan Kakar’, in Zarin Anzur and Khalilullah Afzali (eds.)

Efforts of Afghans for Peace for Afghanistan. Kabul: Amiri, 2021. ASIN: B09328FD57 Read More

‘Mahmud Tarzi: Intellectual and Reformist’, in Dev N Pathak and Sanjeev Kumar H.M. (eds.)

Modern South Asian Thinkers. Delhi: Sage, 2018. ISBN: 9352806778; Read More

‘Afghanistan: the Vulnerabilities of Minorities’, in Sajjad Hassan (ed.)

South Asia State of Minorities Report- 2016: Mapping the Terrain Delhi: Books for Change, 2016. ISBN: 978-81-926907-3-5; Read More

‘Rethinking Stability for Afghanistan: Socializing Great Powers in a Multilateral Order’, in Rajen Harshe and Dhananjay Tripathi (eds.)

Afghanistan Post-2014: Power Configurations and Evaluating Trajectories London and New Delhi: Routledge, 2015. DOI: 10.4324/9781315665474. ISBN: 9781315665474; Read More

‘Afghanistan Islamic Movement and its Impact on Political Stability of the Country’, Research Articles of Manfred Worner Award Winner 2010

Kabul: National Centre for Policy Research (NCPR), 2012 Read More

‘Role of Civil Society in the Peace Process of Afghanistan’,

Essay Collection: Kabul: National Centre for Policy Research (NCPR), 2011 Read More

‘Conflict Sensitive Journalism’ (Trans.),

Essay Collection: Media: Liberty and Responsibility, Kabul: National Centre for Policy Research (NCPR), 2011 Read More

‘Human Rights of Addicted Person’,

Essay Collection: Drug Addiction, Kabul: National Centre for Policy Research (NCPR), 2010 Read More


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گفت‌وگوی ویژه با عمر صدر، نویسنده و پژوهشگر سیاست Aug 3, 2022 Watch

Noah Coburn in Conversation with Omar Sadr on Politics and Pluralism

May 13, 2022 Watch

Negotiating Rights Under Religio-Chauvinist Rule of the Taliban -Dr. Omar Sadr with Mara Kolesas

Feb 18, 2022 Watch

Frank Islam speaks with Omar Sadr

Jan 23, 2022 Watch


Negotiating Ideas

By Omar Sadr

Negotiating Ideas is a Podcast about liberty, democracy, and pluralism in Afghanistan and around the world.

I am Omar Sadr, a scholar in exile, forced to flee my homeland overnight due to the Taliban’s brutality. In this podcast, as in my research, I explore how totalitarianism threatens democracy and the ways in which societies reinstitute freedom, democracy, and pluralism.

My goal is to create a space for those who value pluralism, democracy, and liberty to find each other to develop solidarity and clarity.


American University of Afghanistan (2019 - 2021)

Afghanistan Higher Education Institute (University of Afghanistan) (2018)