Dr. Pieri’s research focuses on the relationships between religion, politics and violence. His focus is on the ideological and strategic development of Boko Haram, and the evolution of Islamic State’s franchises. He has consulted on international projects investigating counter-radical discourses amongst Muslim communities around the world. In the past he has worked on the adaptation of Islamist movements and the contentious politics of mosque construction in the west. He is a world expert on the Tablighi Jamaat movement. Dr. Pieri regularly publishes on Islam in contemporary societies. Dr. Pieri has advised UK and US governments on conflict in Africa. Pieri regularly appears in the media including the BBC, Canadian Television News, the Washington Post, and International Business Times among others.
M.A. (Hons.) IR & History University of St. Andrews
M.Res. Middle East Studies, University of Exeter
Ph.D. Ethno-Political Studies, University of Exeter
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
- Islamist movements
- Boko Haram
- Islamic State
- Tablighi Jamaat
- Terrorism
- Extremism
- Religion and conflict
- Nationalism
Personal Interests
Conflict in the World
Understanding Extremism
Islam in the Modern World
Social and Religious Movements
Qualitative Methodologies
Migration and Citizenship