Dr. Doha Abdelgawad


I am currently holding the position of a Teaching Fellow in Religious Studies with a specialization in contemporary Islam. Before joining Leeds, I served as a Lecturer in Modern Islam at the University of Chester. I completed my PhD at the University of Warwick where I was also a visiting research fellow. Before that I worked as an Assistant lecturer in politics at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University.

Research interests

My research focuses on questions concering religion and violence as well as the relationship between state politics and modern Islamists ideologies. I am broadly interetsed in secularisation theory, state theory and their relevance to the evolution of Islamits’ political discourse.



Abdelgawad, D. S. “Why Were They Not Radicalized? Forces of Radicalization among Egyptian Brothers in the Aftermath of 2013 Military Coup”. The Middle East Journal, 2023.

Abdelgawad, D. S. (1st main author) and Magued, Sh (2nd author). “Not Anymore in Politics: Theorizing the Muslim Brotherhood Political Disengagement in the aftermath of 2013”, Journal of Middle East Law and Governance, June, 2022.

Samir, D. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Generational Gap Politics in the Post Revolutionary Era”, Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies, AlMuntaqa Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 2. 2018, pp. 32-52.


Book: Abdelgawad, D.S. “Unheard Voices: The Young Egyptian Brothers Between Apathy and Radicalization” I.B Tauris. Manuscript submitted to the Critical Studies on Islamism series in March 30, 2022.

Peer reviewed articles: Abdelgawad, D.S. “The Transcendental and the Political: The Secular Dilemma in the Narratives of the Muslim Brotherhood Members, Under review by Journal of Religion and Politics.

Abdelgawad, D. S. and Fulco, C. “A Movement in Exile: Framing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Internal Disputes and Counter Coup Survival Strategies”. Submitted to the Journal of North African Studies Studies.

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  • PhD, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick
  • MA, Political Science, American University in Egypt
  • BA, Political Science, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

Student education

I am the module leader of:

Muslims in Britain: Transnational Communities and Multicultural Politics

Muslims Multiculturalism State

I co-teach the following modules: 

Religion, Politics and Society in the Modern World

Sociology of Religion

Religion, Pol and the Future

Religion, Politics and Society