Dr El-Affendi is Reader in Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and co-ordinator of the Centre's Democracy and Islam Programme. He is also currently an ESRC/AHRC Fellow in the Global Uncertainties Programme (http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/ccprog/security.htm) working on a project entitled: Narratives of Insecurity, Democratization and the Justification of (Mass) Violence.
Educated at the Universities of Khartoum, Wales, and Reading, he is author of Turabi's Revolution: Islam and Power in Sudan (1991), Who Needs an Islamic State? (1991 - 2008 second edition leaflet here - a link to the online debate about the book on the Guardian website: here), Revolution and Political Reform in Sudan (1995), Rethinking Islam and Modernity (2001), For a State of Peace: Conflict and the Future of Democracy in Sudan (2002) and The Conquest of Muslim Hearts and Minds: Perspectives on U.S. Reform and Public Diplomacy Strategies (2005) (http://www.brookings.edu/fp/research/projects/islam/paper_elaffendi.pdf) and About Muhammad: The Other Western Perspective on the Prophet of Islam (2010) .
He is also co-author of Dr El-Affendi was member of the core team of authors of the 2004 Arab Human Development Report: Towards Freedom in the Arab World (http://hdr.undp.org/en/reports/regionalreports/arabstates/name,3278,en.html) and is member of the Advisory Board and a contributor to the 2005 report. He is also co-author of the report: Contextualising Islam in Britain: Exploratory Perspectives (2009) (http://www.cis.cam.ac.uk/CIBPReport.pdf).
He is also member of the Advisory Council of the Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh, member of the Board of Directors of Inter-Africa Group (Addis Ababa), and a trustee of the International Forum for Islamic Dialogue (UK).Dr El-Affendi is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Islamic Studies at Cambridge University, and has previously been a Visiting Fellow/Professor at the Christian Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway (1995 and 2003), Northwestern University (2002), and the International Centre for Islamic Thought and Civilization, Kuala Lumpur (2008).
Dr. El-Affendi has been awarded an ESRC Fellowship in 2009 in connection with the Council's Global Uncertainties research program
El-Affendi was the 2006 winner of the Muslim News Allama Iqbal Award for Creativity in Islamic Thought.He has been selected as a member of the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia.
In June 2008 Dr. el-Affendi was elected member of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
Dr El-Affendi's current research interests include Islamic Liberalism, Theories of Power, European Muslims and Democracy, and Terrorism and Democracy Promotion in the Middle East.
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