Dr. Saud Al-Sarhan


Dr. Al-Sarhan has been the Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies since 2016.

He is also a member of the Board of Prince Saud Al-Faisal Institute of Diplomatic Studies at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Advisory Council for the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program of the Middle East Institute (Washington DC); and the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter; a Distinguished International Affairs Fellow at the National Council on US-Arab Relations; and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, King’s College London.

He received his PhD from College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter.


Selected Publications:



Saud Al-Sarhan (eds.), Political Quietism in Islam: Sunni and Shi‘i Practice and Thought (London: I.B. Tauris, 2019).

Noel Brehony and Saud Al-Sarhan (eds.), Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges (Berlin: Gerlach Press, 2015).


Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Research Papers:

“Aḥmad B. Ḥanbal’s Legal Opinions on the Fight against Bābak’s Uprising: ‘I Don’t Know of Anyone Who Is More Harmful to Islam than He, the Evil Wretch’,” Journal of Abbasid Studies 6, no. 1 (2019).

“Erdoğan and the Last Quest for the Greenmantle,” ICSR Insight (2019).

“The Saudis as Managers of the Hajj,” in Eric Tagliacozzo and Shawkat M. Toorawa (eds.), The Hajj: Pilgrimage in Islam (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

“The Responsa of Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal and the Formation of Ḥanbalism,” Islamic Law and Society 22, no. 1-2 (2015).

“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).

Dr. Al-Sarhan has also contributed several articles to Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE (Brill).


KFCRIS Publications:

“Why This Time, It’s Different,” Commentaries (2018).

“Draining the Swamp? Egypt’s Intractable Challenge in Containing the Sinai Insurgency,” Commentaries, with Sebastian Maier (2017).

"Al-Nusrah Front Eats Her Mother.. Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham, The 'Levant Liberation Committee,' Arrests Some of the Leaders of Al-Qaeda: Causes and Results," Commentaries (2017).