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Academic interests

My disciplinary background is Arabic and Middle East studies with a master's degree from the University of Oslo (2015) on Palestinian hacktivism and the digitization of the Palestinian resistance. My main academic interests are Palestinian armed and non-violent resistance, Palestinian state-building and the Internet's influence in the Middle East. My PhD thesis (supervised by Dag Henrik Tuastad and Thomas Hegghammer) examined the development of the role and presence of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Palestinian resistance by focusing on the ideology and methods of the movement. In the thesis, I studied the history and development of the movement to see how it has changed and adapted to the surrounding circumstances within and outside of Palestine.


  • Research assistant, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (2015-2016)
  • Master's degree in Arabic, University of Oslo (2015)
  • Bachelor's degree in Arabic, University of Bergen (2013)
  • Palestine and Arab Studies, Birzeit University (2012/2013)

Courses taught

  • MES4590 - Master Thesis in Middle East Studies (Writing seminars)

  • MES4010 - Readings in Middle East Studies


Awards and scholarships

  • Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Organisation travel grant, 2014


I have authored the following books:


Tags: Middle East, Palestine, Israel, CIMS, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad
Published Aug. 23, 2016 3:32 PM - Last modified June 10, 2020 9:35 AM