Dr Matthiesen is currently a Marie Curie Global Fellow at Stanford University and Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, leading a project on Sunni-Shii Relations in the Middle East. Prior to this, Dr Matthiesen was Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of the Middle East at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, teaching courses on the International Relations of the Middle East, the Politics of the Middle East, and the History and Society of the Gulf States.
He is the author of Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn’t (Stanford University Press, 2013), and The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His forthcoming book, The Caliph and the Imam: The Making of Sunnism and Shiism, will be published by Oxford University Press in Autumn 2022. It will illuminate with clarity and insight a centuries-old sectarian division that continues to shape events in the Middle East and around the world.
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