Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi is senior lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster (London), and Coordinator of the Centre's Democracy and Islam Programme. He was a member of the core team of authors of the UNDP's 2004 Arab Human Development Report, and a member of the Advisory Board and contributor to the 2005 report, Toward the Rise of Women in the Arab world.


Among his many books are Rethinking Islam and Modernity (2001), For a State of Peace: Conflict and the Future of Democracy in Sudan (2002) and The Conquest of  Muslim Hearts and Minds: Perspectives on U.S. Reform and Public Diplomacy Strategies (2005). He has contributed to The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998), Islamic Thought in the Twentieth Century (2003), Islamic Democratic Discourse (2006), and The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought (2006). Published in the early 2008 was the second edition of Who Needs an Islamic State? Dr. el-Affendi's books have been translated into Arabic, Malay and Turkish.