is Professor of Politics of the Near and Middle East at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) of the Philipps-Universität Marburg. He received his PhD in 2004 with a thesis on “The Algerian State Class” from the University of Leipzig, his M.A. in Political Science from Martin-Luther University in Halle (Saale) and his Baccalauréat in Akbou (Algeria). His research focuses on Social movements in the Middle East and North Africa, Relations between capitalist industrial countries and developing countries, and the questions of Fundamentalism, Rentier States, Euro-Mediterranean policy .His current research topics include: New Cultural-Identitarian Political Movements in Comparative Perspective: The Rise of the BJP in India vs. the Rise of Moderate, non Secular Parties in Algeria; The Foreign Policy Strategies of Islamist Moderate Parties. A Comparative Analysis of the Islamist Parties in Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Jordan. Since February 2013 he is project manager of the project funded by the BMBF Research Network: ‘Re-configurations history, memory and transformation processes in the Middle East and North Africa’.
Among his publications are: “The Islamist parties in power: The Algerian experience”, in: Orient – Deutsche Zeitschrift für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur des Orients, Nr. 3, (2013), 25-29; “Blocked Middle Classes as an Engine of Change in the Arab World?”, in: Jacob Horst/Annette Jünemann/Delf Rothe (ed.) Euro-Mediterranean Relations after the Arab Spring. Persistence in Times of Change, Ashgate, (2013), 123-142; Kurrāsāt Hārtmūt Ilsinhānṣ: Ḥarb al-ğazā’ir ḥasab fāilīhā al-firansiyīn, Editions Casbah Alger; (2010), La Classe-Etat algérienne 1962-2000, Edition Publisud Paris; (2010); “Algeria’s Islamists between inclusion and exclusion”, In: IPRIS Maghreb review 2, Mai (2010), 13-14; “La guerre d’Algérie vue par ses acteurs Français”, Edition Casbah Alger, (2009); Rachid Ouaissa/Heidrun Zinecker (Hrsg.): Globalisierung – begrenzte Welten versus begrenzte Identitäten ? Leipziger Universitätsverlag; (2009).