Dr. Arye Oded
Dr. Arye Oded, born in Israel, received his PhD from Tel Aviv University in 1973. His thesis was on Islam in Uganda. His field work on this subject was done when he was a research fellow at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
In the 1970s he served in Uganda in the Embassy of Israel, dealing also with Kenya. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was ambassador of Israel in Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Kenya, Mauritius, and the Seychelles.
After his retirement from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Oded was a senior lecturer on African Studies at the universities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Currently, he is a research fellow at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University working on a research project on Islam and state in Tanzania.
Among Dr. Oded’s publications are: Islam in Uganda (1974), Africa and the Middle East Conflict (1987), Islam and Politics in Kenya (2000), besides monographs and articles dealing mainly with African affairs.
In the framework of RIMA, Dr. Oded will mainly focus on Islam in East Africa.