Abdelwahab El-Affendi

​Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Previously, Head of the Politics and IR Program at DI (2015-2017), and coordinator of the Democracy and Islam Program at the University of Westminster (since 1998). Also worked as diplomat in the Sudanese Foreign Minstery (1990-1997), a London-based journalist, including editor or managing editor of several publications (1982-1990).

Also worked as a visiting fellow/professor at the Christian Michelsen Institute (Bergen, Norway), and the Universities of Northwestern (Chicago), Oxford, Cambridge, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (Malaysia). 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.

​Research Interests

Critique of the methodologies of the social sciences; theories of democratic transition; mass violence and genocide; modern Islamic thought and movements; Sudanese politics and society.

Selected Research Projects

  • Rethinking Political Science

  • Theories of Democratic Transition

  • Identity and political conflict in Sudan

​Teaching Interests

Teaching Political Science, with a special emphasis on methodology, issues of violence and democracy and modern political thought.

Taught Courses

  • Methodology of Political Science

  • Mass Violence, State Failure and Humanitarian Intervention

  • Islam and Democracy

  • Modernity in the Arab world

  • Islam and Modernity

  • Political Science and the Arabs Seminar


Genocidal Nightmares: Narratives of Insecurity and the Structure of Mass Atrocities New York: Bloomsbury Academic (2015);

"لمن تقوم الدولة الإسلامية؟" عمان: الدار الأهلية (2012)

 دارفور: حصاد الأزمة في عقد من الزمان" (2013، مع سيدي أحمد ولد أحمد سالم)، الدوحة: مركز الجزيرة للدراسات

About Muhammad: The Other Western Perspective on the Prophet of Islam, 107pp., Richmond: Legacy, 2010, ISBN-10: 0955746388 |

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).



"كتابة وقائع الثورة المتلفزة: حضور البصر وغياب البصيرة في قراءة وقائع ثورات الربيع العربي"، سياسات عربية، العدد 18، يناير 2016، ص 175-185.

“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’, Third World 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.


Book Chapters

“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

Email: abdelwahab.elaffendi@dohainstitute.edu.qa

Tel: +974 40356910

Mail Address

Abdelwahab El-Affendi

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

School of Social Sciences and Humanities 

P.O.Box: 200592 

Doha, Qatar