Directory of Fellows

Dr Walter Armbrust

Dr Walter Armbrust is Hourani Fellow and University Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. He is a cultural anthropologist, and author of Mass Culture and Modernism in Egypt and various other works focusing on popular culture, politics and mass media in Egypt. Dr Armbrust is currently working on an ethnography of the January 25th Revolution in Egypt, titled A Symbolic Revolution: Culture and Politics in Post-Mubarak Egypt.

Dr Laurent Mignon

Dr Laurent Mignon is a Faculty Fellow and University Lecturer in Turkish. His research interests include modern Turkish literature and intellectual history, minority literature, socialist literature, biblical themes in Turkish literature and modern Jewish intellectual history.

He is currently working on the emergence of Judeo-Turkish literature, covering the period between the publication of the first Turkish newspapers in Hebrew script in the 1870s and the 1950s. He also works on an alternative history of modern Turkish literature from the emergence of the Armeno-Turkish novel and Hovsep Vartanyan’s romantic rebellion against tradition and the religious establishment to the poet Asaf Halet Çelebi’s subversion of the nationalist canon in his surrealist mystical verses. His latest book is Ana Metne Taşınan Dipnotlar (Footnotes Moving to the Main Text, 2009).

Professor Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony's College). He also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar), a Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Mundiapolis University (Morocco).

Tariq Ramadan holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars.

Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is also President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels.

Latest books: "Au péril des idées" with Edgar Morin, Presses du Chatelet (March 2014); "Islam and the Arab Awakening" OUP (September 2012); "The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East" Penguin (April 2012); “The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism” Penguin (August 2010); “What I believe” OUP USA (Nov 2009); “Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation” OUP USA (Nov 2008).

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Dr Philip Robins

Dr Philip Robins is a Faculty Fellow and University Reader in the Politics of the Middle East. His current research interests include foreign policy analysis, public policymaking and illegal drugs, all with reference to the Middle East, and their wider, comparative context. His recent publications include: The Middle East. A Beginners’ Guide (Oneworld, 2009); A History of Jordan (Cambridge University Press, 2004); Suits & Uniforms. Turkish Foreign Policy Since the Cold War (University of Washington Press, 2003). The expanded Turkish translation of this last work was published by Arkadas in 2009.

Recent publications include 'Turkey's 'double gravity' predicament: the foreign policy of a newly activist power' International Affairs 89: 2 (2013) (pdf file)

Dr Eugene Rogan

Eugene Rogan is Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.  He took his B.A. in economics from Columbia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard.  He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991, where he teaches the modern history of the Middle East.  He is author of The Arabs: A History (Penguin, 2009), which has been translated in ten languages and was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly.

His earlier works include Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), for which he received the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Fuad Köprülü Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2001, second edition 2007, with Avi Shlaim), which has been published in Arabic, French, Turkish and Italian editions; and Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2002). 

His new book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, is due to be published in February 2015.

Professor Avi Shlaim

Avi Shlaim is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College and a former Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2006.

His main research interest is the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is author of Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (1988); The Politics of Partition (1990 and 1998); War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History (1995); The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2000, second edition 2014); Lion of Jordan: King Hussein’s Life in War and Peace (2007); and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations (2009). He is co-editor of The Cold War and the Middle East (1997); The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (2001, second edition 2007); and The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences (2012). 

Professor Shlaim is a frequent contributor to the newspapers and commentator on radio and television on Middle Eastern affairs.


Dr Michael Willis

Dr Michael Willis (Centre Director), is H.M. King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies. His research interests focus on the politics, modern history and international relations of the Maghreb. He is author of The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History (1997) and is currently writing a book on the comparative politics of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

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Honorary Fellows

Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan

Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist.

He is an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony's College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom and Senior Fellow and Centre Director of the Centre for the Geopolitics of Globalization and Transnational Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.

He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D, and trained in Neurosurgery/Neuroscience research at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University and Harvard University. He founded the Neurotechnology programme, headed Translational Research and founded the Laboratory for Cellular Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Technology at MGH, Harvard. He was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, has published extensively on Neuroscience research and won several research prizes. These include: The Sir James Spence Prize; The Gibb Prize; The Farquhar-Murray Prize; The American Association of Neurological Surgeon Prize (twice); The Meninger Prize; The Annual Resident Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; The Young Investigator Prize of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; The Annual Fellowship Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

His Geostrategy interests include: Geopolitics of the Middle East; Sustainable National and Global Security; Geopolitics of outer Space and Strategic Technologies; and Global Strategic Cascading Risks.

His Philosophical interests include: Global Justice; Human Dignity and International order; Transcultural Synergy; Philosophy of Human Nature; Philosophy of Sustainable History; History of Ideas; Cellular and Neurochemical Foundations and Predilections of Human Nature and Their Implications for War, Peace and Moral and Political Cooperation.

He has proposed many innovative theories and concepts in Philosophy, Global security, and Geostrategy and published 21 books. He is best known for several Philosophical and analytic works on global politics that include: "Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man"; "Emotional Amoral Egoism"; "Neo-Statecraft and Meta-Geopolitics", "Symbiotic Realism "; "Critical Turning Points in the Middle East: 1915-2015"; "The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies"; "The Meta-Geopolitics of Outer Space"; and "The Role of the Arab-Islamic World in the Rise of the West".

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Visiting Fellows, Research Fellows and Senior Associate Members

Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi

Dr Ahmed Al-Shahi is a Research Fellow and, since 2003 co-Founder of the Sudanese Programme at St Antony’s College. He is a social anthropologist whose research interests are economic and social development, sectarian politics, social differentiations, popular culture and oral tradition. He undertook extensive anthropological research in northern Sudan. Among his publications are: Wisdom from the Nile (with F.C.T. Moore), The Oxford Library of African Literature, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1978; La Republique du Soudan, Berger- Levrault, Paris, 1979; Islam in the Modern World (co-editor with D. MacEoin), Croom Helm, 1983; Themes from Northern Sudan, Ithaca Press, 1986;       The Arab House (co-editor with A. D. C. Hyland), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1986; The Diversity of the Muslim Community: Anthropological Essays in Memory of Peter Lienhardt (editor), Ithaca Press, 1987; Disorientations: A society in Flux. Kuwait in the 1950s by Peter Lienhardt (editor), Ithaca Press, 1991; A Special Issue:Al-Tayyib Salih, Seventy Candles, Edebiyart: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literature, (co-editor with Ami Elad-Bouskila) 1991; Shaikhdoms of Eastern Arabia by Peter Lienhardt (editor), Palgrave/St. Antony's College Series, 2001; Middle East and North African Immigrants in Europe (co-editor with Richard Lawless), Routledge, 2005, and Sudan: A Long Transition into Two States (Editors: Ahmed Al-Shahi and Bona Malwal), published (in Collaboration with the Sudanese Programme, St Antony’s College) by M.O. Beshir Centre for Sudanese Studies, Omdurman Ahlia University, Omdurman, Sudan, 2013.

Dr Homa Katouzian

Dr Homa Katouzian is the Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, and Member, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. He is editor of Iranian Studies, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies and co-editor of the ISIS-Routledge book series in Iranian studies.

He taught and published in economics for eighteen years, but his recent and current research interests are in Iranian history and politics, the comparative sociology of Iranian and European history, and modern and classical Persian literature. He has worked, as tenured staff or visitor, at Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Leeds; University of California, Sane Diego; University of Kent at Canterbury; Pahlavi University and McMaster University.  

He has published both in English and Persian. His recent books in English are, Sa’di in Love: An Anthology of Sa’di’s love lyrics in Persian and English (in the press); Iran: Politics, History and Literature (hb and pb, 2013); Iran: A Beginners’ Guide (2013); The Persians: Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Iran (2009 and 2010);  Sadeq Hedayat, His Work and His Wondrous World, ed., (2008 and 2011); Iran in the 21st Century, co-ed (with Hossein Shahidi), (hb&pb, 2007); Iranian History and Politics, the Dialectic of State and Society,(2003 and 2007); Sa’di, the Poet of Life, Love and Compassion, (2006); State and Society in Iran: The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Rise of the Pahlavis, (2000 and 2006); Sadeq Hedayat: The Life and Legend of an Iranian Writer,(1991and 2002); Musaddiq and the Struggle for Power in Iran,(1990 and 1999).