Dr Dara Salam

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Teaching Fellow Member
MA (London), MPhil (London), PhD (Rome and London)
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Dara Salam is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies. He received his PhD from the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics at LUISS University. In the meantime, he was a full-time visiting PhD researcher at King’s College London. He completed his MA and MPhil in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Prior to joining SOAS, Dara was a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Culture and Law at Queen Mary, University of London.

Dara’s research interests are in political theory, both normative and historical with an emphasis on comparative political thought that informs the research on different philosophical traditions. He is also interested in Middle East politics and governance and he has published scholarly articles and opinion pieces in different media outlets and has written on the Kurdish issue. He has researched the relationship between religion, politics and secularism, and is interested in the research on social movements and the public sphere.

He has published book chapters and articles in Philosophy & Social Criticism, Political Studies Review, The Review of Politics and Public Reason. He has presented papers in several international conferences in Japan, Beirut, New Delhi, Turkey, Italy and UK. He has convened and taught a course, Islam and the West, at Syracuse University, London program.

Research interests

Political Theory; Comparative Political Thought; Religion and Secularism; Middle East politics; Kurdish question.



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