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Austrian Academy of Sciences
Institute for Social Anthropology

Alexander Weissenburger, MLitt.


Alexander Weissenburger earned his BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Vienna and his Master’s degree in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews. During his studies, Alexander travelled to several Middle Eastern countries and studied Arabic in Cairo for a year. He was and intern at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and teaches Arabic at the University of Vienna. His main research interests are Islamic mobilization and radicalization, Islamic religious and political thought as well as religious minorities of the Middle East. Alexander's PhD Thesis deals with Salafi and Huthi mobilization in Upper Yemen.


Publications & Activities

Scholarly Articles

-'Die Yeziden', edited by Lea Müller-Funk et al., Kulturelle Schnittstelle Mesopotamien, Anatolien, Kurdistan. Geschichte. Sprachen. Gegenwart. Vienna 2014: Self-published by Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Vienna.

-'Das Königreich Himyar', edited by Stephan Procházka, Unterwegs in Saudi Arabien: Historische, Gesellschaftliche und Kulturwissenschaftliche Hintergründe. Vienna 2015: Self-published by Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Vienna.

Conference Presentations

-‘Pan-Islamism and the Concept of the Umma in the Lectures of Husayn al-Huthi’: paper presentation at Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology (PACSA) Conference, Amsterdam, 30 August 2017.

-‘“Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews, Victory to Islam”: the Huthi Movement’s Framing of Localised Grievances in Terms of International Politics’, paper presented at British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference, Edinburgh, 7 July 2017.