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Dr Maha Azzam

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

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  • Political Islam
  • Islam and Globalisation
  • Middle East Politics
  • Islamist Groups in the Middle East with particular reference to Egypt
  • Ideology of al-Qaeda


  • Political Islamism Revisited

Recent Publications

  • Egypt's Military Council and the Transition to Democracy, Briefing Paper, May 2012
  • 'Islamism: Extremists or Democrats', The Arab Spring: Implications for British Policy, Conservative Middle East Council, October 2011
  • 'The Centrality of Ideology in Counter-Terrorism Strategies in the Middle East', in James Forest (ed.) Counter Terrorism in the 21st Century (Praeger Security International 2007)
  • 'Some Local and Global Dimensions in the Radicalisation of Muslim Communities in Europe', The Brown Journal of World Affairs, 2007
  • 'Al-Qaeda-Five Years On', Chatham House Briefing Paper, London, September 2006
  • 'Islamism Revisited', International Affairs, vol 82, no.6, November 2006
  • 'Political Islam and the Ideology of Violence', in Professor James Forest (ed.) The Making of a Terrorist (Praeger Press 2006)
  • 'Militant Islamism in Egypt and the New Jihad', in Jean-Luc (ed.) Jihadism (University Press France 2005)


2002-Present Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
1995-1999 Head of Programme on Security and Development in Muslim States, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI)
1993-1995 Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (RUSI)
1990-1991 Research Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London

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