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Jacob Olidort

Soref Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Arab and Islamic Politics, Democracy and Reform, Terrorism, Salafism, Islamism, Egypt, Jordan, Syria

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Dr. Jacob Olidort is a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he focuses on Salafism and Islamist groups in the Middle East, and is an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He received his B.A. in Middle Eastern studies from Brandeis University, his A.M. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University, where his work focused on the intersection between Islamic law, theology, and modern politics. Dr. Olidort has spent nearly two years in the Middle East, including a Fulbright Scholarship in the UAE and field work on Salafism in Jordan. He has given presentations and has briefed on Salafism and on countering violent extremism to various academic and policy settings. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and Lawfare, among other publications.

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  • Ph.D., M.A. Princeton University (Near Eastern Studies)
  • A.M. Harvard University (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)
  • B.A. Brandeis University (History, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies)

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Persian
  • Russian

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