Mohammed Masbah is a junior research fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies in the United States.
He is a political sociologist whose work centers on Salafism, political Islam, authoritarianism and youth movements, with a focus on North Africa.
Previously, Dr Masbah was a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, and prior to that, he was a fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin, where he worked on the project 'Elite change and new social mobilization in the Arab world'.
He also previously served as an expert for the Moroccan minister of communication.
Dr Masbah obtained his PhD in Sociology from Mohammad V University in Rabat. His dissertation examined the processes of radicalization and deradicalization of Moroccan Salafis since Casablanca bombings in 2003.
Areas of expertise
- Political Islam
- Youth movements
Junior Research Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Non-resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center
Research Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs
- Salafi Movements and the Political Process in Morocco in Francesco Cavatorta (ed.), Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People's Power. C. Hurst & Co Publishers, United Kingdom, 2016.
- In Richtung politischer Partizipation: Die Mäßigung der marokkanischen Salafisten seit Beginn des "Arabischen Frühlings" in Behnam T. Said / Hazim Fouad (Hg.) Salafismus: Auf der Suche nach dem wahren Islam. Herder, Germany, 2014. (in German)
- Moroccan Foreign Fighters: Evolution of the Phenomenon, Promotive Factors, and the Limits of Hardline Policies German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, October 2015.
- The Ongoing Marginalization of Morocco’s Largest Islamist Opposition Group Carnegie Middle East Centre, June 2015.
- His Majesty’s Islamists: The Moroccan Experience Carnegie Middle East Centre, March 2015.