I am a doctoral researcher in Politics interested in history, identity, culture, political thought and arts. The eruption of the Arab Spring took place as I was studying for my MA in Political Science in Beirut, which brought forth a wave of confusion and change across the Arab world. Alongside my work with the Lebanese government and television, my interest in politics and IR increased as I recognized that the Middle East was undergoing a transformation unlike what many had anticipated, it involved a reorientation between narratives of identities built throughout history and the image that the region aspires to be. I then furthered my research at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. which lead me to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of Westminster.
Seminars: Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations
Covered sessions: Conflicts and Cultures;
Democracy in Crisis?;
Middle East Politics;
Islam and Politics in the Middle East
My Ph.D. research explores the nature of Arab cultural connections with historicity and tribal politics, examining the extent of influence of Arab tribal identity, 'collective belonging' and values on the development of political culture in Iraq. By utilizing encounters of culture and heritage as a framework for the research, to enable further elucidations on how such political communications can create sustainable local and regional political developments in the future.
To what degree are agnatic societies and their expression of blood-ties attached to their history? And is there a sense of unconscious Arab identity connecting religion, the state and group solidarity together?