Irwan Saidin

Dr Mohd Irwan Syazli Saidin



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Department: Middle East Politics
Research Centre/Unit: Middle East Social Sciences Cluster

I studied my BSc (Distinction) in Political Science at the National University of Malaysia between 2008-2011 before completing an MSc in Global Politics at the University of Southampton in 2013. In September 2014, I started the MPhil/PhD degree in Middle East Politics at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University.

My Phd project involved the Islamist movements in Malaysia (PAS, ABIM, ISMA and AMANAH) so as to explore the global impacts of the Arab Spring phenomenon beyond the region of Middle East and North Africa. In particular, it examined the connection between the 'Arab Spring' and the Islamist movements in Malaysia through the Malaysian Islamists' perceptions and considering how the phenomenon impacts and influences the movements ideology and activism. In November 2015, I was selected to participate in an international conference entitled " A Comparative Approach Towards Political Transition in Middle East and Southeast Asia" at the School of International Affairs, Le Havre University, France. I took this great opportunity to present my research proposal.

I was supervised by Dr Lise Storm and Dr Eleanor Gao, both from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East Politics).

Apart from the research and academic works, I really enjoyed myself in sports especially football and love to travel all over the world to gain new experience.