Political Islam, Middle Eastern Politics, National and Ethnic Conflict management incl - Comparative Ethnic Conflict, Religion and Peace-building, Deeply divided societies - including Middle East, Africa and Northern Ireland.
My research is mainly either about Political Islam or the Politics of the Middle East. I write about Islamist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizballah and the Muslim Brotherhood. I also research areas of Terrorism and Security including Security Sector Reform comparative and regional. With the Arab world currently gripped by momentous political change my scholarship has reflected motivating factors such as: Democracy and its absence, authoritarianism, political-economy, Islamism, gender, and regional and international relations.
In 2013 I was awarded a Queen’s Teaching Award Student nominated category. In 2004 I was awarded an ‘Oscar of Higher Education’ – a National Teaching Fellowship. I was awarded THES/LTSN E-tutor of the year 2002.
Islamic politics, Middle Eastern politics, terrorism and political violence, Muslim identities and politics of migrations and borders; comparative ethnic and religious politics; Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Northern Ireland, Lebanon.
I currently supervise students who are working on the following topics:
Al-Azhar Unviersity and the state in Egypt
Conceptions of nationalism in Jordan
The challenge to Consociationalism by the Palestinian refugee population in Lebanon
Comparative assessment of Religion and Politics – the DUP in Northern Ireland and LF in Lebanon
Arms control and bioterrorism
Israeli Arabs and democracy
Gender and peace transition Kosovo
Northern Ireland reform – a comparison with Spanish Basque and Turkish Kurds