Sabeeh Jameel-2015 Recipient

Sabeeh Jameel

Major: International Affairs
Degree: M.A.
School: Columbia University
Scholarship: ISF National Scholarship


Sabeeh Jameel is currently pursuing a Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

In the previous year, he completed coursework towards a Masters of Public Policy at Germany’s Hertie School of Governance, as part of Columbia’s international dual-degree MPP/MIA program. His research and work focuses on building cohesive relations between the Muslim world and the Jewish world.

Sabeeh graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2014 with a B.A. in Jewish History and Civilization. As a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, he researched and interviewed Muslim migrant communities across Central Europe, assessing the legal treatment of Muslim minorities and drawing comparisons to the American Muslim context. As a researcher at Tel Aviv University, he analyzed the roots of tolerance and intolerance between Muslim and Jewish communities, both within Israel and abroad. His senior thesis on Muslim-Jewish relations in New York City during the early twentieth century was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Prize, NYU’s highest honor for undergraduate research. Over the course of his international studies he has attained proficiency in Urdu, German, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Sabeeh was raised on a small goat farm in southern Virginia. Outside of his studies, he has also worked as a photojournalist, translator, screenwriter, speechwriter, and book editor. Beyond his endeavors to bridge understanding between Muslims and Jews, Sabeeh also aspires to ameliorate the stigmatized image of Muslims in America, utilizing lessons learned from the American Jewish community’s challenges in the last century in order to address the American Muslim community’s challenges today.

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