The Author


Abdelwahab El-AffendiDr Abdelwahab El-Affendi is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London, and co-ordinator of the Centre’s Democracy and Islam Programme. Dr El-Affendi was the 2006 winner of the Muslim News Allama Iqbal Award for Creativity in Islamic Thought.

Dr El-Affendi was member of the core team of authors of the Arab Human Development Report (2004) and is member of the Advisory Board and a contributor to the 2005 report ‘Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World’. He is also member of the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia, member of the Board of Directors of Inter-Africa Group, and a trustee of the International Forum for Islamic Dialogue, and the Yemen Heritage Centre. Since September 2006, he has also been member of the Washington-based Sudan Peace Council. Previously, he worked as a pilot (1976-1981), a magazine editor (1982-1989), and diplomat (1990-1994).

Educated at the Universities of Khartoum, Wales, and Reading, Dr El-Affendi is author of Turabi’s Revolution: Islam and Power in Sudan (1991), 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). He has also contributed to many leading journals, and is contributor or co-author of works including: The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998), Social Science and Conflict Analysis (1993), Islam and Justice (1997), Islam and Secularism in the Middle East (2000), Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century (2003), Understanding Democratic Politics (2003), American Power in the 21st Century (2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (2006), and The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought (2006).

His books have been translated into Arabic, Malay and Turkish.

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