Nadia Oweidat New America Foundation2

Expert on Islam and Political Islam

Dr. Nadia Oweidat is an academic with expertise on many aspects of Islam, and Political Islam.

She is currently a non-residential Fellow at New America Foundation exploring the challenges to political Islam from within Islam itself. She is also conducting research on Internet trends among Arab youth, analyzing websites and forums that enjoy a large following online.

Dr. Oweidat also headed a research effort that examined the grassroots Egyptian reform movement Kefaya, and she has research expertise in Islamic extremism and counter-terrorism strategies, the ideological evolution of al-Qaeda, Salafi jihadi networks, jihadi strategies in Iraq, Iranian ascendancy in the Arab world, and radicalization of Muslim youth.

Born and raised in Jordan, she has a BA from the University of Jordan in English Literature, an MA from the University of Wyoming in International Studies and a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, with a focus on Contemporary Arab Islamic Thought from the University of Oxford.

Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a research associate for the RAND Corporation where she led several research projects, including an analysis of Arabic cultural material promoting critical thinking and the obstacles to their dissemination (Barriers to the Broad Dissemination of Creative Works in the Arab World, RAND 2008).

She has appeared on various Arabic and English networks including CNN, al-Jazeera Arabic, Al-Arabiyya and BBC Arabic. Today she is a regular contributor to Al-Araby Al-Jadid and is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief for an upcoming online platform for constructive young Arab voices.

BASED IN: Washington DC, USA

LANGUAGES: English and Arabic.


On AlJazeera Arabic


NPR: Iraq Turmoil: How Extremists Use Social Media To Gain Support