Mahmoud Eid

Born: Cairo on 20 August 1970

Passed away: Ottawa on 14 February 2017

Aged: 46 years

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Mahmoud Eid

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون

"Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return"

The extremely respected, beloved and talented Dr. Mahmoud Eid suddenly passed away on the night of Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Eid was an Associate Professor in the department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. His scholarly expertise lies in both qualitative and quantitative methods as it pertains to the effects of mass media and social development. He has taught courses in international communication, media ethics, communication research methods, terrorism, crisis management and conflict resolution, modernity, and the political economy of communication.

Through books, chapters, articles and conference papers, Dr. Eid has contributed extensively to research and publications on these topics as well others including the relationship between media, race, religion and terrorism; Middle Eastern politics and Islamic culture; and War and Peace studies, to name a few.

From Egypt to Ottawa, his scholarship encompassed cosmopolitan and global concerns. His was a scholarship dedicated to rectifying the maligned representations of Islam. In this work, both as a singular scholar and in collaboration with others, he sought to represent the humanism that is inherent to Islam and the nuances, self-reflection and intellectual commitment that infuse the ethos of Islam.

Dr. Eid’s work and relationships are testament to his deep compassion and conviction in the best of all the people he encountered and helped during his short life, and in the power of the intellect to resolve conflict. Several of his students remember Dr. Eid as being a convivial, passionate and caring instructor. His collaborators are continually reminded of his generosity of spirit and his dedication to humanity.

He leaves behind his wife and three children as well as friends and colleagues, all of whom remember him fondly as an exceptional Communications’ scholar and human being. His work will have a lasting impact on contemporary and future scholarship in the areas of Religion and Media, Peace Journalism, and Islamic studies. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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Mahmoud was a wonderful person that I cannot easily forget though I only knew him for a short time. His death came as a great shock for me especially that we Skyped just a few days before he passed away. I think he was a true idealist treating others with respect and kindness, yet his idealism created many disappointments in his life because of his expectations from others. Life is simply unfair, but he wanted to find fairness and justice even if he felt he was alone in his pursuit. The last time I talked to him, he was frustrated with the delays and obstacles that he professionally faced, but his determination and hard work were remarkable and a source for inspiration for everyone. A few months before his death, he was actively and continuously working on many research grants and projects with brilliant ideas, and I felt that he was racing with time, but I didn’t understand why. I think Mahmoud will remain alive in the thoughts and feelings of those close to him. Rest in peace my friend!

Ahmed Al-Rawi

Yasmin Jiwani