Prof. Mark Sedgwick

His research focuses on junctions for the transfer of religions and traditions in the late pre-modern and modern periods.

Mark Sedgwick has a PhD in the history of Islam from the University of Bergen and is professor of Arab and Islamic Studies in the Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University. He previously taught for many years at the American University in Cairo. He works on a variety of topics including Islamic modernism, terrorism, and Salafism, and on Muslims in the West; he also works on the ideology of the Western Far Right and on theoretical issues. His Traditionalism: The Radical Project to Restore Sacred Order (London: Pelican; New York: Oxford University Press) is due out in June 2023.

Prof. Mark Sedgwick
Aarhus University
Principle Investigator

Key publications

“Anti-Colonial Terrorism: Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood to 1954” (Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism, 2022).

“The Modernity of Neo-Traditionalist Islam.” In Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity: Islamic Traditions and the Construction of Modern Muslim Identities, ed. Dietrich Jung and Kirstine Sinclair (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

Key Thinkers of the Radical Right: Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy (edited volume, New York: Oxford University Press, 2019),

“Jihadism, narrow and wide: On the dangers of loose use of an important term.” Perspectives on Terrorism, 2015.

“The Concept of Radicalization as a Source of Confusion,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 2010.

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