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Dr Irwan Saidin

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Irwan Saidin gained his PhD in Middle East Politics from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, The University of Exeter in 2018. He obtained his MSc in Global Politics from Southampton University and BSc in Political Science from The National University of Malaysia. His research focuses on contemporary Muslim affairs and political Islam, particularly in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He is the author of the book, ‘The Arab Uprisings and Malaysia’s Islamist Movements: Influence, Impact and Lessons’ (Routledge, Taylor and Francis 2020), which is the first in-depth analysis of the Arab Uprisings’ implications from the perspective of Islamist movements in Malaysia and Tunisia. His current project focuses on the human security issues of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan from the perspectives of Asian Humanitarian NGOs. Dr Saidin is currently a senior lecturer in Political Science programme at the Centre for Research in History, Politics and International Affairs, The National University of Malaysia. He is also a visiting research fellow in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University and the editorial board of the International Journal of History and Culture Studies (Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Rep of Turkey) which was launched in 2019

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Research interests

Political Islam, Muslim Society, Arab Uprisings, Contemporary Islamist Movements and Parties in Malaysia/Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Middle East Politics, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, 2014-2018.
  • Master of Science in the Social Sciences (Global Politics) [Merit], Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, 2012-2013.
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Political Science) [Distinction], School of Politics, History and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 2008-2011.
  • Title of Ph.D. thesis: “Between Revolution and Political Stability: The Perceptions and Influences of the Arab Uprisings among the Islamist Movements in Malaysia”. Examiners: Assoc. Prof Jonathan Githen-Mazer, University of Exeter, United Kingdom & Assoc. Prof Vincent Durac, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Supervisors: Assoc. Prof Lise Storm & Dr Eleanor Gao, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.
  • Title of MSc Dissertation: “Arab Spring and the new wave of Democratisation: A Comparative Case Studies of 2010-2011 Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions” Supervisor: Dr John Glenn, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Examiner: Dr Jonathan Havercroft, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  • Title of BA thesis: “The Six Day War Arab Israeli War 1967: An Explanation from the Realism perspectives” Supervisor: Professor Kamaruzzaman Yusoff, Technical University of Malaysia.

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