Staff Directory

Prof Hussein Solomon
Senior Professor
Centre for Gender & Africa Studies
IB 38
President Steyn Annex 2-17

Short CV

Dr. Hussein Solomon holds a D.Litt et Phil (Political Science) from the University of South Africa. Currently he is Senior Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Free State. His previous appointments include being Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria; Executive Director of the International Institute of Islamic Studies (2009-2010); Director of the Centre for International Political Studies, University of Pretoria, Research Manager at the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (1998-2000), Senior Researcher: Institute for Security Studies (1996-1998) and Research Fellow: Centre for Southern African Studies, University of the Western Cape (1993-1995). In 2007 and 2010 he was Visiting Professor at the Global Collaboration Centre at Osaka University in Japan and in 2008 he was Nelson Mandela Chair of African Studies at Jawahrlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Currently he is Visiting Fellow at the MacKinder Programme for the Study of Long-Wave Events at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.Currently he is a Visiting Professor at Osaka University and a Senior Research Associate of the Jersusalem-based think tank Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA).

In addition, he is Deputy Chair of the Pugwash Conferences on Science in World Affairs (South African Chapter); Member of the Security Council of the Gerhson Lehrman Group of Companies; Member of the International Steering Committee of Global Action to Prevent War, Research Associate of the Centre for Defence Studies, University of Zimbabwe; and a Research Associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs. He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Hawaii. He is also Vice-President of the African Studies Association (India) and Member of the International Advisory Board of the Middle East Institute. Moreover, Member of the Editorial Board of Politeia; Special Advisor to the Editor of the journal Globalizations; Contributing Editor to the Journal for Contemporary History; and a member of the Editorial Boards of Africa Insight, Alternatives and Scientific Journals International as well as Editor of Insight on Africa. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of All Africa Women for Peace. Hussein Solomon also holds the rank of a Captain in the Reserve Force of the South African Air Force.

His research interests include conflict and conflict resolution in Africa; South African Foreign Policy; international relations theory; religious fundamentalism and population movements within the developing world. His publications have appeared in South Africa; Nigeria; the United States; the United Kingdom; Switzerland; The Russian Federation; The Netherlands; Norway; Denmark; Egypt; Ethiopia; Israel, Lebanon; India; Bangladesh; Spain and Japan.

His most recent books are Islamism, Crisis and Democratization (Springer, 2020) and Exporting Global Jihad (IB Tauris, London).


Area(s) of Interest

  • Security studies including conflict resolution

  • Comparative Foreign Policy

  • The nexus between religion and politics in Africa

Courses Presented

  • PTW324: Ideology and political theory 

  • PTW607: Contemporary thinkers in international relations

  • PTW608: Global political economy and the politics of regionalism

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