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Nasser A. Nasser

PhD candidate

Nasser A. Nasser is a PhD candidate in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Political Theory. His primary research interests include classical “Arab-Muslim” political philosophy, modern Western political philosophy, and critical international relations theory.

Under the co-supervision of Dr. Hans-Martin Jaeger and Dr. Noomane Raboudi from uOttawa, Nasser is conducting a unique philosophical genealogy of Islamic Political Violence (IPV). Instead of essentializing “IPV” in terms of an abstract definition or reducing it into compartmentalized forms, it is approached in terms of its historical conditions of possibility, spanning and connecting Eastern and Western discourses on Islam, politics and violence.

Nasser’s inverted genealogy is analyzing meanings of “IPV” and probing alternative paths to its naturalization vis-a-vis three historical periods (or discursive sites) that seem to have provided much of the impetus for accepted “truths” about it today: 1) early history or “birth” age of IPV from mid-7th to the late 16th centuries; 2) mid-history or “classical” age of IPV from the late 16th to the 19th century; and 3) contemporary history or “modern” age of IPV from the 18th century to our current era.

A student of the Political Science department throughout his entire post-secondary education, Nasser completed his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in international relations in 2009, followed by a master’s degree with cooperative education in 2015. He started his Doctorate degree in 2016 and has worked in various government departments since 2014. This includes Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Office of the Auditor General (OAG) and Service Canada.