Alexander Weissenburger holds an MLitt in Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews and an MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Vienna. During his studies, Alexander travelled to several Middle Eastern countries and studied Arabic in Cairo for a year. He was an intern at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and works currently at the Institute for Social Anthropology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 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 projects deals with the ideology of the Huthi movement.
Publications & Activities
-'Vague and Flexible: Explaining the Houthi Movement’s Resilience', Italian Insitute for International Studies (ISPI), March 2018, https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/vague-and-flexible-explaining-houthi-movements-resilience-19928.
-'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.
-'Salafism', Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change, ABC-CLIO, Santio Barbara (CA), forthcoming.
-'The Huthis', Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change, ABC-CLIO, Santio Barbara (CA), forthcoming.
-'Zaydism', Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change, ABC-CLIO, Santio Barbara (CA), forthcoming.
-'Leben für die Forschung. Das Ethnologenehepaar Wilhelm und Marie Hein in Südarabien (1901-1902)', review of the book by Gertraud Sturm, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes (WZKM) 108, 2018.
-'Southwest Arabia across History. Essays to the memory of Walter Dostal', review of the book edited by Andre Gingrich and Siegfries Haas, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, 108, 2018.
-'The Land Bewteen', review of the documentary movie by David Fedele, Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME), 4/2, 2018.
-‘Religious Authority in a Tribal Authority: The Idea of the Rule for the Ahl al-Bayt between religious ideal and Political Reality’: paper presented at Uses of the Past in Islamic Law (USPPIP), Exeter, September 29, 2018.
- Roundtable discussion: Syria, Libya and Yemen, the Mena Crises’ Outcome. Towards Rome 2018: Mediterranean Dialogue (MED), Moscow, September 18, 2018.
-'The Massacre at Wadi Tanuma: Collective Memory and its use in Huthi Narratives': paper presented at World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Seville, 17 July 2018.
-'Conjuring up a Twelver Shi’ite Huthi Imam: Anti-Huthi Propaganda and the Narrative of the Sunni-Shia Conflict': paper presented at British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) Conference, London, 25 June 2018.
-Panel Chair: 'Panel Session 4, C- Shī`ism III: Imagined Pasts' at British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference, Exeter, 10 April 2018.
-'Framing the Huthi Movement as Twelver Shi’ites: Aspects of anti-Huthi Propaganda on the Internet': paper presentation at British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS) Conference, Exeter, 10 April 2018.
-‘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.