The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) will continue its seminar series on Thursday, March 3, with a presentation by Mustafa Saqib, Visiting Research Scholar at Rutgers-Camden, law lecturer at Herat University in Afghanistan, and researcher at Marmara University in Istanbul. Mr. Saqib will present, “Being a U.S.-Educated Scholar Under the Taliban Regime: Living in Constant Fear.” This event will feature an introduction by Jon Van Til, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Community Development at Rutgers University. 

This event will take place on Thursday, February 3, at 12:45 p.m., in the RUAA Board Room in the Alumni House. This free event requires registration. Per university policy, all those who attend must show proof of COVID vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of the event. Face coverings must be worn during the duration of the event. This event is also offered virtually at  


This lecture will explore the hardships that an Afghan scholar faced before miraculously making it to safety, beyond the reach of the Taliban, in order to continue his research and complete his dissertation in political science. Mustafa Saqib is a democracy reform and local governance scholar who received steadfast support from a wide span of courageous people, institutions, and international organizations in order to successfully flee sanction and prosecution from the Taliban. He was targeted both for his US-education and for his alliances with various justice reform programs in Afghanistan. He remains committed to illustrating the difficult conditions under which Afghan scholars are working now, and to sharing his unlikely story of rescue and restoration to his studies. The current Afghan regime actively targets scholars, activists, and journalists advocating for human rights, democracy, rule of law and good governance, and social values in society. In addition to innumerable attacks on civil liberties under the oppressive Taliban regime, scholars
suffer from very low or non-existent income, and live under the ever-present threat of being arrested or fired for their ideology. Needless to say, scholars with academic backgrounds in western countries become the very first victims. This talk will discuss how educational institutions can step up and display solidarity and sympathy with Afghan scholars standing by their, and provide essential support for the very academic research that shines the ray of hope for the future of an entire nation.

About Mustafa Saqib

Mustafa Saqib is a Visiting Research Scholar at Rutgers University in Camden, and a law lecturer at Herat University Afghanistan. He is a Ph.D. Researcher at Marmara University in Istanbul, focused on comparing local government and elections of Turkey and Afghanistan. Before starting his Masters Degree in Law at the University of Washington Seattle, he pioneered legal clinical education in Afghanistan in 2013. Mr. Saqib has served in the implementation of several legal projects related to the Rule of Law and Human Rights Center and Alternative Dispute Resolution Center at Herat U. His research interests include constitutional law, human rights, elections and local governance (Marmara Journal), contemporary legal systems & comparative law. He is currently writing about lessons learned from the Afghanistan peace process.