Azar Dakwar

PhD Student


Azar Dakwar started reading for his PhD in Political and Social Thought in September 2016 at the Brussels School of International Studies. His research pertains to the meaning, conditions of possibility and avenues of and for "emancipatory" politics in our current historical juncture. He looks into contemporary systemic/structural forms of domination generated by secularism's distinction between religion and politics/state, and religion and economics (as well as the "privatization" of religion). More specifically, he interrogates the comfort zone of Frankfurt School Critical Theory with regards to its critical purchase over secularism and the "question of religion" through political theology as a strategy/mode of critique.

Before commencing his PhD studies Azar has worked as a research assistant to social scientists and political theorists and was a teaching assistant (in strategic thinking and public policy) and later a lecturer (of public policy) at Birzeit University. Also, he worked for 3 years, in various capacities and positions for Sikkuy - The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality. In addition, he has been an international fellow at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue (Vienna) since 2014, and was awarded its Fellowship Grant in 2015.

Azar holds a BSc (Hons.) in cognitive sciences from the Hebrew University and a Master's degree in public policy (with a thesis in political sociology) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He has as well read philosophy at Tel Aviv University and was a fellow at its Minerva Humanities Centre's "Living Together" research group (2012-2014).

At BSIS, he has been teaching assistant and seminar leader for Fundamentals of Dissertation and Research (FDR) and Negotiation and Mediation. He is currently a teaching assistant for FDR.

His academic publications can be read at:


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