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Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar


  • B.A.: Arabic Language and Literature, University of Jordan
  • M.A.: Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D.: Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Al-Khattar is a retired law enforcement officer (lieutenant colonel, General Intelligence Department) with 17 years' experience in the Kingdom of Jordan. He received the Medal of Independence for his role in protecting the security of Jordan. He received training from American and Western law enforcement agencies and worked with such agencies on terrorism, security and crime-related issues. 

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  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence
  • Research Methods
  • Crime Theories

Selected Publications

  • Religions and Terrorism: An Interfaith Perspective, 2003


  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Society of Criminology
  • World Society of Victimology
  • National Institute of Justice/Department of Justice
  • Journal of Criminology and Public Policy
  • Journal of International Criminal Justice
  • Jordan Journal of Social Sciences
  • World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
  • South Hills Interfaith Ministries

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Justice, Law & Society

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Justice Studies
  • M.A. Social Science in Applied Criminology

Contact Information



Azorsky Hall 117