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Dr Rahaf Aldoughli

Lecturer in Middle East and North African Studies

Rahaf Aldoughli

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594782

Office Hours:

My office hours in the Michaelmas term:


Wednesday 9-11

I am in County South B04.


Research overview

Rahaf teaches courses on Politics and History of the Middle East, and  is a Visiting Fellow at LSE Middle East Centre. Her areas of research expertise include identifying the ideological borrowings between European and Arab nationalism, the rise of the nation-state in the Middle East, the Syria crisis, militarism and the construction of masculinity in the Arab world.

Her research also focuses on the association between the rise of nation-states in the Middle East and the perpetuation of militarism, despotism and fundamentalism, analysing militarism in the Arab context not only as an institution used by the state, but also as an ideology that perpetuates masculinity and gender bias.

Before moving to Lancaster, Rahaf was lecturer at the University of Manchester teaching Modern Middle Eastern History. She was based at the Centre for Cultural History of War. She completed her doctorate in Politics at Lancaster University in 2017.

She is currently working on her book Constructing the Nation: Masculinism and Gender Bias in Syrian Nationalism, which looks at the idealisation of militarism in Syrian culture and constitutions with particular focus on the origin of the Ba’ath ideology in the thought of Syrian nationalists.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising research proposals in the following areas : Sovereignty and legitimacy in the Middle East, construction of masculinism and natioanlism in the Arab world, roots of sectarianism in Arab societies, women rights and state-building in the Arab world.

Current Teaching

Michaelmas Term

PPR236:  Politics and History of the Middle East

Lent Term

PPR333: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East

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