Turki al-Dakhil is a Saudi broadcaster, author, and public intellectual. For ten years, his television talk show, “Spotlights” (“Idha’at”) has aired weekly on the Al-Arabiya news channel to an audience of tens of millions.
Following a traditional Islamic education at Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University in Riyadh, he began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh, and Al-Watan; the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, and the pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla — then later as a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Monte Carlo Radio and the Saudi-backed regional juggernaut MBC FM. He continued his education in the United States, pursuing journalism studies, digital media, and photography. Inspired by what he gleaned from the United States, he proceeded to co-found Elaph, a popular online news magazine with a liberal bent; and Alarabiya.net, the TV news channel’s online presence and currently the highest-traffic Web site in the Arabic language.
His weekly Al-Arabiya talk show “Spotlights” has provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience, as well as a challenge to advocates of strident ideologies whom he also hosted on the show. In 2007, Arabian Business Magazine ranked Dakhil among “the world’s most influential Arabs.” In addition to his television work, Dakhil writes a weekly column, “God Forgive Him For What He Says,” in the Saudi daily Al-Watan, and has published five books on Gulf and Arab affairs.
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Managing the Center’s operations and overseeing all research and programming, Saudi scholar Mansour al-Nogaidan approaches the study of Islamist movements from a uniquely intimate and informed perspective. In his New York Times profile, he was described as “a bright young hope,” having “the guts to criticize … unquestioned ideas because he cares about the future of [his] country. He is one of the most widely read critics of Islamist militancy and advocates of reform in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf today.
In addition to a weekly column in the UAE national daily Al-Ittihad and frequent contributions to pan-Arab print and broadcast media, Nogaidan is the author of The Reckoning Kings [“Al-Muluk al-Muhtasibun”] (Al-Mesbar, 2012), a landmark study of the Saudi religious police from its beginnings in 1927 to the present time. Among his many monographs, The Brotherhood of Burayda: Sufi Wahhabis [“Ikhwan al-Burayda: Wahhabiyun Mutasawwifun”] (Al-Mesbar, 2010) presents shines the light on a secretive ultra-Salafi group that influenced some of the largest jihadist movements today; and The Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab Emirates: Expansion and Recession (Al-Mesbar, 2012), shares rare information and insights from one of the most opaque Brotherhood branches in the region.
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Abdullah Hamidaddin serves as an advisor to Al-Mesbar Center and a prominent contributor of scholarly work to its publications. He is a writer and commentator on Middle Eastern societies, politics, and religion with a special focus on Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Currently a columnist for alarabiya.net and a PhD candidate at King’s College, London, he holds a BA and MA in Arabic from King Saud University in Riyadh and the University of Lebanon in Beirut, respectively; and a Masters degree in international politics from the University of Jordan in Amman. From 1994 to 2010, he chaired the Zaid bin Ali Cultural Foundation, a Yemeni NGO concerned with the preservation of the country’s Islamic heritage in the country’s private libraries.
Hamidaddin’s books include Harmonious Being: The Quest for God in our Fluid Lives (Al-Kaynuna al-Mutanaghima), now in its second printing by Madarek publishers; Strategic Mediums of Development (Al-Wasa’it al-Istratijiya al-Ijtima’iya), published by Tuwaa Media and Publishing, 2010; and Zaydism: a Reading of the Project and an Exploration of its Component Parts (Al-Zaydiya: Qira’a fi ‘l-Mashru’ wa Bahth fi ‘l-Mukawwinat), now in its third printing by Al-Raid Center in Sanaa. He has also contributed scholarly research to books on Islamic discourse and jurisprudence.
Joseph Braude, an author, broadcaster, and Middle East specialist, serves as an advisor on the Center’s initiatives and contributes research to Al-Mesbar’s publications. Braude studied Near Eastern languages at Yale and Arabic and Islamic history at Princeton, and is fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew. His first book, The New Iraq (Basic Books, 2003), explores Iraq’s prospects for renewal in light of its history and culture. His second book, The Honored Dead (Random House, 2011), examines the challenge of Arab police reform by narrating his experiences as a researcher embedded with the Moroccan police in Casablanca.
In English, Joseph Braude’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. In Arabic, his articles have appeared in Al-Ittihad, Al-Majalla, Asharq Alawsat, and Al-Ahdath al-Maghrebiya, among other publications. His commentary “Letter from New York” (“Risalat New York”) airs weekly on Morocco’s MED Radio national network, and he provides guest commentary on regional television networks.
Sudanese-born researcher Omer al-Turabi stewards the editing of the Center’s “Monthly Book.”
While pursuing his BA at the University of Sharjah (UAE), he served as editor-in-chief of its official student magazine. He went on to hold a fellowship at the Ittihad Studies and Research Center in Dubai.
In addition to his editorial work at Al-Mesbar, Turabi also contributes scholarship of his own. Among his recent monographs, one concerned Islamist movements’ use of women and children in their violent campaigns. Another provided a historical overview of Sufism in Sudan.
Turabi writes a weekly column for the Sudanese newspaper Al-Sahafa.
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A Jordanian researcher and media personality of Palestinian origin, Ibrahim Amin Nimer is a member of Al-Mesbar’s editorial board and a copy editor for Al-Mesbar’s sister publishing house, Madarek. He formerly worked as an editor for the group “Elamona for Research and Development.” Nimer has a BA in print journalism and political science from Bir Zeit University in Palestine. He founded the first media agency focused on Palestinian university students, “Shabab Media.” His scholarship includes a study of the political ideas of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (“Abu Mazen”), and a study of the influence of documentary films on children’s creativity and political vocabulary, taking as case studies the Al-Jazeera documentary channel and “National Geographic Abu Dhabi.” He has written numerous book reviews, published in Al-Mesbar’s monthly books, including reviews of of Islam in Contemporary Indonesia by Husayn Muhammad al-Kaf, published in the 74th volume; The Brotherhood’s Suicide: The Extinguishing of Ideas, the Collapse of Morals, and the Crackup of the Organization by Amma Ali Hasan, published in the 82nd volume; and Salafis and the Arab Spring: A Question of Religion and Democracy in Arab Politics by Muhammad Abu Rumman, from volume 83.
Rasheed al-Khayoun, an Iraqi scholar and lecturer in Islamic philosophy, religion, and history, serves on Al-Mesbar’s editorial board. He is the author of Religions and Sects in Iraq(“Al-Adyan wa ‘l-Madhahib fi ‘l-Iraq”) (Berlin: Dar al-Kamel, 2003) and The Mu’tazili Sect: From Theology to Philosophy(“Madh’hab al-Mu’tazila Min al-Kalam ila ‘l-Falsafa”) (Beirut: Dal al-Nubugh, 1994), among numerous other books and monographs.
Holding a PhD in Islamic Philosophy from Sofia University in Bulgaria and a BA from Aden University in Yemen, Dr. Al-Khayoun travels and lectures across the Arab region. As a voice on contemporary politics and culture, he pens a weekly column for the pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat and UAE daily Al-Ittihad, in addition to articles in dozens of other newspapers and magazines. He has also been a featured guest on the BBC World Service, among other international and pan-Arab broadcasts.
Khayoun is also a member of the Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies in Beirut.
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Tunisian scholar Mohamed al-Haddad currently holds the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Studies of Religion at La Manouba University in Tunisia, where he has taught since 1995. His books includeIslam: The Violent Impulse and Strategies for Reform [“Al-Islam: Nuzuwat al-‘Unf wa Istratijiyat al-Islah”] (Beirut: Dar al-Madar al-Islami, 2006) and The Religion of Individual Conscience and Islam’s Fate in Modern Times [“Diyanat al-Dhamir al-Fardi wa Masir al-Islam fi ‘l-Asr al-Hadith”] (Beirut: Dar al-Madar al-Islami, 2007).
In addition to his scholarly work and teaching, Professor Haddad strives to be a voice for reconciliation between Islam and modernity, as well as between Arab societies and the West. In these efforts, he is a gentle critic of Arab and Western policies alike.
He received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the Sorbonne in 1994.
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