Harith Hasan Al-Qarawee is a political scientist whose research focuses on the state-society relations, political transitions, and identity politics in Iraq and the Middle East. He has written extensively for various English and Arabic academic publications and journals. He also worked as a political commentator and consultant.
As a Radcliffe fellow, Al-Qarawee is writing a book titled “End of Diversity: Nationhood and Religious and Sectarian Exclusion in the Arab World.” The book will examine and discuss the relationship between sociopolitical conflict and identity and cultural exclusion in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq and Syria as the disintegration of the postcolonial states has created political turmoil and strengthened exclusionary narratives. While focusing on sociopolitical roots and dynamics, the research will also benefit from cultural studies, social psychology, and narrative and discourse analysis. Al-Qarawee aims to describe and analyze dynamics and factors such as the nature of the postcolonial state in the region, modernization and its consequences, the decline of urban culture in tandem with the deterioration of rural life, the effect of demographics and socioeconomic factors, Islamization, political motives for the construction of boundaries between “in-group” and “out-group,” discourses of exclusion, and globalization of religious and sectarian intolerance.
Al-Qarawee earned a PhD in political science from Scuola Superiore Sant‘Anna, in Pisa, Italy, a master’s degree in political communication from the University of Leeds, and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Baghdad.