Dr Abdelwahab El Affendi

President and Provost, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI). Was Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Institute (2017-2020). Previously, Head of the Politics and IR Program at DI (2015-2017), and founder coordinator of the Democracy and Islam Program at the University of Westminster (1998-2015). Also worked as a pilot, London-based Sudanese diplomat, and journalist and magazine editor in the UK.

Dr El-Affendi was visiting fellow/professor at the Christian Michelsen Institute (Bergen, Norway, 1995 and 2003), and the Universities of Northwestern (Chicago, 2002), Oxford (1990), Cambridge (2010-2012), and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia, 2008). Delivered keynote speeches and lectures at most major universities in the US, UK and a number of universities in Asia, Africa and South America.

Education: PhD (Reading, UK), MA (University of Wales (Swansea), BA (hons), University of Khartoum

Languages: Arabic; English, working knowledge of French.

Selected Publications: 

  • About Muhammad: The Other Western Perspective on the Prophet of Islam, 107pp., Richmond: Legacy, 2010

    (Rethinking Islam and Modernity: Essays in Honour of Fathi Osman, 194pp., Islamic Foundation, 2001, (editor

    Turabi's Revolution: Islam and Power in Sudan, 209pp., Grey Seal Books, 1991

    • After the Arab Revolutions: Decentering Democratic Transition Theory (edited volume, with Khalil Al Anani), Edinburgh University Press (2021


    • "Back Home to a Darker Age", Critical Muslim, 24, October-December 2017, pp. 5-20


    "Arab Spring, Islamist Ice-Age: Islamism, Democracy and the Dictatorship of the 'Liberalism of Fear' in the Age of Revolutions", Introductory Essay in the AJISS Special Issue on 'Islamist Spring', Guest-Edited by this author, AJISS, 30: 4 (2013), pp. 1-18


    "The Souls of Muslim Folk: The "Obama Phenomenon" and the Paradoxes of Paranoid anti-Multiculturalism",  American Journal of Islamic Social Science, 29:4 (2012), pp. 63-86

    "Constituting Liberty, Healing the Nation: revolutionary identity creation in the Arab world's delayed 1989", ThirdWorld Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 7, 2011, pp 1255–1271  "The People on the Edge: Religious Reform and the Burden of the Western Muslim Intellectual", Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, 8 (2009), 19–50


    "The Perils of Regionalism: Regional Integration as a Source of Instability in the Horn of Africa" Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding; 3:1. (spring 2009), pp. 1-19


    "The Other Side of Middle Eastern Studies", in Larbi Sadiki, ed. Routledge Handbook on the Politics of the Middle East, London: Routledge, 2020,256-268

    The War of Ideas as Therapy: Reflections on a Eureka Moment in the "War on Terror", in Eric D. Patterson and John

    Gallagher, eds. Debating the War of Ideas. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp. 175-93


    The Terror of Belief and the Belief in Terror: On Violently Serving "God and Nation"  in Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the  Contemporary World, (IB Tauris, 2009), M Al-Rasheed and Marat Shterin, (eds.), pp. 59-75


    Waiting for Armageddon: The 'Mother of All Empires' and its Middle Eastern Quagmire," pp. 252-276, American Power in  the 21st Century, David Held and Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (eds.), Polity Press, 2004