Dr Suha Taji-Farouki

Biography

After completing my BA in Classical Arabic and Islamic Studies with Persian at Durham University I pursued my doctoral studies at the University of Exeter, where I was awarded a PhD in Modern Islam and Middle East Politics (1993); my PhD thesis examined the history, ideology and organizational structure of the trans-national Islamist party Hizb al-Tahrir. In 1991 I was appointed Lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Arabic at Durham University, then in 1993 Lecturer in Modern Islam, and continued in this post until 2003. I was Skirball Visiting Fellow in Residence at Oxford University’s Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 1996; Visiting Fellow at The Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Amman, Jordan in 1997, and Visiting Fellow/Faculty Member at The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS), London from 1999 to 2003. I was appointed to my post at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter in 2004, but remained seconded from this as Research Associate/Faculty Member at The Institute of Ismaili Studies until 2011, when I joined Exeter fully. I was a resident Fellow at the Wissenschaftkolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study) in 2006—2007; a member of the Sub-Faculty of Near and Middle Eastern Studies of the Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2010, and a Senior Associate of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2010.