Khalil Al-Anani

Khalil Al-Anani

ACW Position

Senior Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Egypt, Islamist movements, authoritarianism, democratization, sociology of religion, social movements, identity politics



Khalil Al-Anani

Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

Khalil al-Anani is a Senior Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC. He also serves as Associate Professor of Political Science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar. Previously, he taught at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and George Mason University. Al-Anani’s research focuses on the intersection of comparative politics (particularly authoritarianism and democratization), the sociology of religion, and social movements. His research interests also include the study of democratization, Islamist movements, and Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and identity politics. He is a leading academic expert on Islamist movements, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafism in Egypt, on which he conducted research for the past two decades. His books include Shifting Grounds: Islamists After the Arab Spring between Ideology, Organization, and Politics (forthcoming), Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), Elections and Democratization in the Middle East (co-editor; Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), and The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Gerontocracy Fighting against Time? (in Arabic; Shorouk Press, 2007). Al-Anani has also published several peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, among them Politics & Religion, Democratization, The Middle East JournalSociology of IslamDigest of Middle East Studies, and The Orient in addition to policy papers and op-ed pieces in The Washington PostForeign AffairsForeign Policy, CNN, and Al-Monitor, among others. He holds a PhD in political science from Durham University (UK).