Summary: PhD in Comparative Politics of the Middle East. Focus on Civil Society Networks and Sectarianism in Gulf States.
BA (Hons) Study of Religions & Theology - University of Manchester (2009 - 2012)
MA (Taught) Religion & Political Life - University of Manchester (2012 - 2013)
Thesis Title - From
With regards to my current research, the interest really commenced with reading Sociology of Religion for my undergraduate degree. I was always intrigued by the role religion (particularly within the context of the MENA region) plays in society and how this manifested in practice, especially tacit theological concepts and how they have shaped and influenced modern day political discourse and state-building, i.e. notions such as subsidiarity. With my
Civil Society, Informal Spaces, Inter-Communal/Sectarian Relations, Identity Politics.
In terms of how the research has developed, given that this is a comparative study and is observing relatively under-researched concepts, particularly in the context of the Gulf, I decided that the research would take an inductive approach (so working bottom-up). This meant having some tentative hypotheses in mind but nothing concrete; these hypotheses would form the basis for some of the questions to be used in conducting fieldwork involving both focus groups and semi-structured interviews with outside observers. This approach enables me to detect any emerging themes that require further investigation and is better suited to corroborating data for the empirical chapters, and ultimately forms the key arguments of the thesis.
MODL 1100 - Politics, Culture and Society
ARAB 1160 - Introduction to the Middle East: Politics, Culture and Religion
ARAB 2066 - Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
ARAB 3110 - Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes,
ARAB 5060M - Debating the Middle East: Islam,
Conference and Seminar Papers
1. Aarhus University (Denmark) - Workshop on Sectarianism and Regime Formation.
2. AIMES Public Lecture - Informal Civil Society and Sectarian Relations in Bahrain.
3. MESS Public Lecture - Saudi-Iran Relations: Looking Beyond Sectarian Narratives.
4. SOAS University - ISIS and Extremism within the Context of GCC States.
5. Chatham House Workshop - Future Trends in the Gulf.
Media appearances and comments featured in several news outlets including Al-Jazeera, McClatchy D.C, RT, alongside other international news stations across the UK and globally.
Membership of Professional Institutions/Societies
Member of BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies)