Managing the Center’s operations and overseeing all research and programming, Saudi scholar Mansour Alnogaidan 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, Alnogaidan 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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