Dr Rahaf Aldoughli

Lecturer in Middle East and North African Studies

Research Overview

Rahaf teaches courses on the Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, and is a Visiting Fellow at LSE Middle East Centre. Her areas of research expertise include identifying the ideological borrowings between European and Arab nationalism, the rise of the nation-state in the Middle East, the Syria crisis, militarism and the construction of masculinity in the Arab world.

Her research also focuses on the association between the rise of nation-states in the Middle East and the perpetuation of militarism, despotism and fundamentalism, analysing militarism in the Arab context not only as an institution used by the state, but also as an ideology that perpetuates masculinity and gender bias.

Before moving to Lancaster, Rahaf was lecturer at the University of Manchester teaching Modern Middle Eastern History. She was based at the Centre for Cultural History of War. She completed her doctorate in Politics at Lancaster University in 2017.

She is currently working on her book Constructing the Nation: Masculinism and Gender Bias in Syrian Nationalism, which looks at the idealisation of militarism in Syrian culture and constitutions with particular focus on the origin of the Ba’ath ideology in the thought of Syrian nationalists.

The symbolic construction of national identity and belonging in Syrian nationalist songs (from 1970 to 2007)
Aldoughli, R. 1/10/2019 In: Contemporary Levant. 4, 2, p. 141-154. 14 p.
Journal article

Interrogating the Constructions of Masculinist Protection and Militarism in the Syrian Constitution of 1973
Aldoughli, R. 1/03/2019 In: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 15, 1, p. 48-74. 27 p.
Journal article

The Securitisation of the 'Masculinist' other in the Syrian Conflict
Aldoughli, R.B. 12/11/2018 Foreign Policy Centre.
Commissioned report

Belonging to a Militarized Syria as a Woman
Aldoughli, R. 2018
Other contribution

Interrogating the Construction of Gendered Identity in the Syrian Nationalist Narrative: Al-Husari, Aflaq and al-Arsuzi
Aldoughli, R. 21/04/2017 In: Syria Studies. 9, 1, p. 64-120. 57 p.
Journal article

Constructing the nation: gender bias and masculinity in Syrian nationalism
Aldoughli, R. 2017 Lancaster University. 302 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Syrian nationalism is all about masculinity
Aldoughli, R. 2017
Other contribution

Revisiting the Ideological Borrowings in the Syrian Nationalist Narratives: Sati ‘al-Husri, Michel ‘Aflaq and Zaki al-‘Arsuzi
Aldoughli, R. 2/02/2016 In: Syria Studies. 8, 1, p. 7-38. 33 p.
Journal article

The Construction of a Patriarchal Militant Identity in the Syrian Constitutions (1973-2012)
Aldoughli, R. 2016
Other contribution

The De-Construction of Masculinism in the Two Contemporary Nationalist Schools of Thought: Primordialism and Modernism
Aldoughli, R. 2014 In: The Luminary. 5
Journal article

The Relationship between the Germanic and French Nationalist Thinking and their Contribution to the Shaping of Arab Nationalist Thought
Aldoughli, R. 2014
Conference paper