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Professor, Leiden University

February 11th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Law and Human Rights, Migration and Integration, Youth Issues
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: Iran
Languages: Arabic, English
Field of Work: Academia
City: Urbana-Champaign
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Asef Bayat Asef BayatAsef Bayat is a professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies at the University of Illinois and Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam (ISIM) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Professor Bayat taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo for sixteen years and has held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Oxford. His academic interests include political sociology and social movements, urban space and politics, international development, the contemporary Middle East and Islam. He has conducted ethnographic research in the areas of popular mobilization in the Iranian Revolution, labor movements, politics of the urban poor, development NGOs, comparative Islam, and Muslim youth cultural politics, primarily in Iran and Egypt.

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