The Jihadi Battle for Hearts and Minds: A View from the Ground
The Middle East 10 Years after the Uprisings Series
hosted by Professor
Raffaella A. Del Sarto
Pembroke College, Oxford University, UK
The event will be held only virtually. Please register for the online webinar using the link below
Elisabeth Kendall is Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University.
Her current work examines how militant jihadist movements exploit and feed off traditional local Arab culture(s). Kendall spends significant time in the field, particularly in Yemen, and is the author or editor of several books, including Reclaiming Islamic Tradition
(2016, with Ahmad Khan), Twenty-First Century Jihad
(2015, with Ewan Stein), and Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt
(2006, paperback 2010). She also originated and edits the "Modern Middle Eastern Vocabularies" series, which includes the titles Security Arabic, Intelligence Arabic, and Media Arabic
(Kendall is author of the last two titles).
Kendall has been invited to present her research at numerous universities around the world as well as in various government, military, and security establishments in Europe, America, the Middle East, and Africa.
Previously, she held tenured lectureships or fellowships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, and Harvard. Before returning to Oxford in 2010, she served as Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, a UK government-sponsored initiative, aimed at building Arabic language-based research expertise focused on jihad and martyrdom. For the last five years, she has acted as international advisor (pro-bono) to a cross-tribal body in eastern Yemen that promotes social and political cohesion as a counterweight to AQAP & ISIS expansion.
Kendall features regularly in the international media, including BBC TV, Al Jazeera, CNN, TRT, France 24, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian
, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, NPR, Russia Today, ABC, Reuters, and the BBC World Service, as well as various national broadcasters around Europe.