Elisabeth Kendall is a senior research fellow in Arabic and Islamic studies at Pembroke College at Oxford University. She works on the intersections between cultural and political/militant movements in the contemporary Middle East, especially in contemporary Egypt and Yemen. She spends significant time in the field and is the author or editor of several books, including Reclaiming Islamic Tradition (with Ahmad Khan, 2016), Twenty-First Century Jihad (with Ewan Stein, 2015), and Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt (2006). For the past four years, she has acted as an international adviser to a cross-tribal council in eastern Yemen that promotes social and political cohesion as a counterweight to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State expansion. Previously, she held tenured lectureships or fellowships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford, and Harvard. Before returning to Oxford in 2010, she served as director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, a UK government sponsored initiative aimed at building Arabic language-based research expertise, with a research focus on jihad and martyrdom. She holds a BA, MA, and DPhil from the University of Oxford in Arabic and Islamic Studies.