Alex Thurston is a scholar of Islam and politics. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of African Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University (2013), and an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University (2009). In 2013-2014, he was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. His first book, Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016; it examines the lives, activism, and intellectual production of Nigerian Muslims who graduated from Saudi Arabia's Islamic University of Medina. Other publications have appeared in African Affairs, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Islamic Africa, and the Journal of Religion in Africa. He has conducted field research in Nigeria and Senegal.
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