H.A. Hellyer is Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (UK) and Director of the research consultancy, the Visionary Consultants Group (VCG) (UK, Egypt and Malaysia). Formerly Ford Fellow of the Brookings Institution (USA), Dr Hellyer is a United Nations ‘Global Expert' on Muslim/non-Muslim relations (including in the West, the Arab world, Africa and Southeast Asia, with a speciality on the UK), political philosophy, the interplay between religion and modernity, and counter-terrorism in the West & the Middle East.Nominated as Deputy Convenor of the UK Government's Home Office working group in the aftermath of the July 7th bombings in London, he was also Economic and Social Research Council Placement Fellow at the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Previously Member of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Oxford, he was also Warwick University's Senior Research Fellow (the youngest in the university's history, equivalent to an Associate Professorship in the US system, and Senior Lecturer in the UK system).
Educated at Hill House, London, Dr Hellyer received a Law degree and a Masters degree in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, and researched Islamic jurisprudence and theology in Egypt and Malaysia. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick under Professor Muhammad Anwar OBE, one of Europe's most prolific sociologists in this academic area. The research consultancy he founded, the VCG, which focuses on issues of relevance to development in the Muslim world & and Muslim world- West relations, has just completed a six-country study in Southeast Asia and Africa.
Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London, Washington, Singapore) and Fellow of the Young Foundation (UK), Dr. Hellyer was previously Visiting Professor at the Law Department at the American University in Cairo (Egypt), and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia). He is a regular commentator in mediums such as the Guardian (UK), the Washington Post (USA), the National (UAE) and the Prospect Magazine (UK), Reuters, the Daily Beast (USA) and speaks to forums such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the Azhar University in Cairo and the BBC Doha Debates.
In his latest book, The ‘Other' Europeans (in 2009 by Edinburgh University Press), he argues that Europe must come to terms with all of her history, past and present, and that Muslim communities should work to be integral to Europe. He is working on his next book entitled "Making it on the Margins: Muslim Minorities in the West". Visit www.hahellyer.com
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