Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan

Dr. Alsarhan was appointed the Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in 2016.

He supervises the Center's Research Department. 

He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, Exeter University, and a Distinguished International Affairs Fellow of the National Council on US-Arab Relations, USA.


Research Interests:

Political and social changes in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Syria; the ideology of political Islamic groups; violence and its justifications in Islamic ideology, and Islamic studies.



Selected Publications:

  • Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic, and Social Challenges, edited by Noel Brehony and Saud Al-Sarhan, (Berlin: Gerlach Press, 2015); Arabic edition, (Riyadh: King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, 2015).
  • Several articles in Encyclopaedia of Islam, edited by Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, and Everett Rowson (Leiden: Brill, 2015).
  • “The Saudis as Managers of the Hajj,” in Shawkat Toorawa and Eric Tagliacozzo (eds.), The Hajj: Pilgrimage in Islam (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • “The Responsa of Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal and the Formation of Ḥanbalism,” Islamic Law and Society XXII (2015): 1–44.
  • “The Struggle for Authority: The Shaykhs of Jihadi-Salafism in Saudi Arabia, 1997–2003,” in Bernard Haykel, Thomas Hegghammer, and Stéphane Lacroix (eds.), Saudi Arabia in Transition: Insights on Social, Political, Economic and Religious Change (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
  • “The Creeds of Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal,” in Robert Gleave (ed.), Books and Bibliophiles: Studies in honour of Paul Auchterlonie on the Bio-bibliography of the Muslim World (Oxford: Oxbow Books for the E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Series, 2013).
  • “Review of Radical Islam and The Revival of Medieval Theology, by Daniel Lav.” Islam and Christian-Muslin Relations Journal (August 2013).
  • “The Neo-Reformists: A New Democratic Islamic Discourse,” in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1979-2009: Evaluation of a Pivotal State (Washington, DC: MEI Viewpoints for the Middle East Institute, 2009).

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