Bernard Haykel is a professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University and director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.
Bernard Haykel, PhD
Bernard Haykel is a professor of Near Eastern Studies and the director of the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Princeton University. He received his doctorate in 1998 in Oriental studies with an emphasis on Islam and history. Much of Haykel’s teaching and writing lies at the juncture of the intellectual, political, and social history of the Middle East with particular emphasis on the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. He has written extensively on Saudi and Yemeni culture and politics, Wahhabism, Salafism, and aspects of the Islamic doctrine and law.
US President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week, to attend the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, comes at a time when relations between the two countries have rarely been worse.