H. A. Hellyer

Nonresident Scholar
Middle East Program

Dr. H.A. Hellyer is a senior associate fellow and scholar at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on politics, international relations, security, and religion in the West and the Arab world.

A scholar and author focusing on politics, international studies & religion, in the West and the Arab world, Dr H.A. Hellyer FRSA is a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Senior Associate Fellow in International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. Following the 2005 London bombings, he was appointed as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government’s Taskforce as an independent academic expert, and served as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s first Economic and Social Research Council Fellow, as a non-partisan independent scholar. He is currently on the steering committee for a multi-year EU project on “Radicalisation, Secularism and the Governance of Religion”, which brings together European, North African, and Asian perspectives with a consortium of 12 universities and think-tanks.

In 2020, Dr Hellyer was elected as Fellow (FRSA) of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Founded in 1754, the Fellows of the Royal Society, whose Patron and President are HM Queen Elizabeth II, and HRH The Princess Royal Anne respectively, have included the likes of Judi Dench, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Karl Marx and Charles Dickens.

His insights on current events in the West, the Arab world, and Muslim communities worldwide are regularly sought by the international media networks such as CNN and the BBC, with several hundred op-eds for publications like the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Guardian, Politico, Mada Masr, the Globe and Mail, and Daily News Egypt.

Dr Hellyer was a nonresident Fellow at the Centre for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in DC and Research Associate at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. He previously served as the first Arab world-based Senior Practice Consultant at the Gallup Organisation, where he analysed public opinion data in a variety of countries in the Arab world and the West.

A scholar and an analyst, Dr. Hellyer has held academic attachments at noted institutions including the University of Warwick, where he was a senior research fellow, and the American University in Cairo, as a professor of law. He has authored several books and monographs, and has contributed more than 25 book chapters and journal articles to various presses. While his main academic home is politics and international studies, Dr. Hellyer has published widely in religious studies, especially in terms of religion and modernity, and contemporary Islam. His main area focuses remain the West, and the Arab world.

Recent books and monographs include Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans for Edinburgh University Press, Engagement with the Muslim Community & Counter-Terrorism: British Lessons for the West for Brookings Institution Press, A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt for Oxford University Press and Hurst& Company, A Sublime Path: the Sufi Way of the Makkan Sages for Fons Vitae, and The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse (editor) for the Atlantic Council.

Dr Hellyer’s degree in law was read at the University of Sheffield School of Law, with an advanced degree in international political economy at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics. Following those degrees, he completed a multidisciplinary PhD at the University of Warwick at 25, as an Economic and Social Research Council scholar, and then continued to research Islamic thought in the UK, Egypt, Malaysia, and South Africa. His research in Islamic studies has led to him being appointed professorial fellow at Cambridge Muslim College, adjunct full professor at the University of Technology’s Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science, and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and senior scholar at the Zawiya Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. A Briton of mixed English and Arab heritages, Dr. Hellyer is included in the scholarly section of the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” list founded by Georgetown University in DC and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan.

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BA (Hons) in Law, University of Sheffield
MA (Hons) in International Political Economy, University of Sheffield
PhD, University of Warwick

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