Dr. Elisabeth Kendall

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 traditional local Arab culture(s). 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



In addition to lecturing at numerous universities and think tanks around the world,

she has been invited to present her research to the following state institutions:

House of Commons, House of Lords, FCO, GCHQ, Home Office, MOD, SAS,

NATO, US State Department, US Central Command, EU Council and various

intelligence and security audiences around the world. She features regularly in the

international television, radio and print media (including BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN,

TRT, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The

Economist, The Times, The Guardian, USA National Public Radio, Russia Today,

ABC, Reuters, BBC World Service and various national broadcasters around Europe).


For the last five years, she has acted as international advisor (pro-bono) to a cross-tribal grouping in eastern Yemen that promotes grass roots activities to counter al-Qa’ida & Islamic State expansion. She studied Arabic initially as an undergraduate at Oxford University, receiving the top 1st class degree for 30 years. She 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 conceived of and edits the “Modern Middle Eastern Vocabularies” series, which includes the titles Security Arabic, Intelligence Arabic and Media Arabic (she also authored the last two titles).

Senior Research Fellow, Pembroke College, Oxford University, United Kingdom

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