Lecturer in Islamic Studies
- Political trends in the Middle East and North Africa
- Islamist movements, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood
- Social Movement Theory with particular interest in the resource mobilisation and framing processes of Islamist movements
Areas of research supervision
- Islamism and Islamist movements: organisational structures, strategies, 'ideological' positions, attitudes towards the state
- authoritarianism and democratisation in states of the Near and Middle East
- legal discourses on human rights.
- If you are interested in pursuing research in any of these areas, you should first read our advice on how to apply for MPhil/PhD research before submitting an application.
Activities in professional organisations
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Member of Board of Trustees of London Middle East Institute (LMEI)
- Member of Chatham House
- Member of Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
- Member of British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)
Recent publications and papers
- ‘Opening to Reform: al-Hudaybi’s Legacy’, in: Roel Meijer ed. The Muslim Brotherhood in Europe: Transnationalization and Localization of an Islamic Movement, London: Hurst & Co, 2012.
- ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’, in: Shahram Akbarzadeh ed. Routledge Handbook on Political Islam, New York and London: Routledge, 2012.
- 'Islamic Jihad, the group', in: Gerhard Böwering ed. The Princeton Encyclopaedia of Islamic Political Thought, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.
- ‘Mithliyyun or Lutiyyun? Neo-orthodoxy and the Debate on the Unlawfulness of Same-Sex Relations in Islam’, in: Samar Habib ed. Homosexuality and Islam, Westwood: Praeger, 2011
- ‘Muraji‘aat: Egypt’s Pact with Radical Islam’, in: Arches Quarterly 3:5, London: Cordoba Foundation, 2010.
- Muslim Theologians and Scholars: Moderate and Progressive Voices, Policy Report for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 2008.
- The Muslim Brotherhood: Hasan al-Hudaybi and Ideology, Routledge Series in Political Islam, Abington and New York: Routledge, 2008.
- ‘Prison Talk. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Internal Struggle During the Period of ‘Abdel Nasir’s Persecution, 1954 to 1971', in: International Journal of Middle East Studies 39:3, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- MA Islamic Studies, Rheinischen-Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
- PhD Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS