Dr. Usama al- Azami is a Lecturer in Islamic studies at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, based in the UK. He read his BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and his MA and PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His dissertation explores Islamic political thought in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Alongside his university studies, he has also pursued Islamic studies in seminarial contexts across three continents. In addition to academic writing, he is a frequent commentator on public affairs pertaining to Muslims in outlets such as Middle East Eye, HuffPost, Muslim Matters, and TRT World. He is currently working on a book that explores the political engagements and discourses of ulama who have opposed democracy and supported autocracy after the Arab revolutions.