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University of California, Berkeley
Government/policy in Arab states U.S. Middle East foreign policy U.S. defense policy in the Middle East Counterterrorism in the Middle East Political development in the Middle East
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About Me

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley (’15 & ’16) She was a Research Professor of National Security & Regional Planning at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, served as a political advisor to the Office of Special Defense, and to the CAG at CENTCOM, participated in a USIP-U.S. government working group on Yemen, a multi-year NATO research team on Islamist extremism, and in a multi-year conflict research group in Germany, contributing her expertise on Syria. She is a past-president of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies and member of various groups and networks working on women’s rights in the MENA. She was a professor at the American University in Cairo, MIT, Ben Gurion University of the Negev and other universities.  Her research involved contemporary Islamist movements, political development in the region and also the expressive arts. She is currently writing a book on Egypt; her most recently published book is Saudi Arabia (2012) out of 17 books and monographs, and several hundred articles and she has recently published chapters on Lebanon, Syria and Egypt in four different edited volumes.   Recent articles appeared in Contemporary Review of the Middle East and Middle East Policy. She holds a BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.



Recent Publications

“The Syrian Revolution’s Shifting Landscape,” Businessmen in Arms in the Middle East. Edited by Elke Grawert and Zeinab Abul-Magd. Rowman and Allen, 2016.

 “The Master, the Pir and their Followers in Diaspora: Gülen’s Followers (Hizmet) and the Maktab Tarigha Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi,” In Moha Ennaji, ed. New Horizons of Muslim Diaspora in Europe and North America, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Egypt: Dissension on the Nile through Revolution and Coup. In process.

“Shiite Women in the Eastern Beqaa Valley.” In “In Line with the Divine: the Struggle for Gender Equality in Lebanon. Edited by Rita Stephan, Guita Hourani, and Cornelia Horn. Warwick, RI: Abelian Group, 2015.

With Marlyn Tadros. “Egypt’s Conspiracy Discourse: Liberals, Copts and Islamists.” In Middle East Policy. XII, no. 3, Fall 2015.

“Women’s Quest for Equality in Post-Revolutionary Egypt.” For Women’s Movements and Counter Movements: The Quest for Gender Equality in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.   Edited by Claudia Derichs. Cambridge Scholars, 2014.

“The Syrian Opposition: Salafi and Nationalist Jihadism and Populist Idealism.” Trajectories of Political Islam. A special issue of Contemporary Review of Middle East Studies. Guest Editor, Sreeradha Datta. 2 (1-2) March & June 2015

“Zanan wa Azmun sakht Ingelab Suriya,” (Farsi) Feminist School, Iran 9 Aban 1392 (October 31, 2013).

Saudi Arabia. London and Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2012.

“Women in the Gulf” (“Saudi Arabia”). For the European Parliament, ATRIA, 2014

Media Coverage

Al Jazeera English.  The Stream.  Show following five years since Egypt’s revolution. Jan 28, 2016.

RBC Russia on Russia’s anti-ISIS campaign in Syria, January 8 2016

Al Jazeera English Live January 8, 2016   on terrorist attacks in Hurghada, Giza and in the Sinai

RBC Russia on Russia’s campaign in Syria October 27, 2015

Yasser Khalil – on SahafyOnline Aug. 2, 2015 (terrorism in the Sinai and counterterrorism

Numerous interviews re. Gen. Sisi of Egypt including:  National Public Radio, -lessons-in-democracy; Newsweek (The Daily Beast)

Country Focus
Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen

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