Mark A Farha


Assistant Professor at SFS-Qatar


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Mark Farha is Assistant Professor of Government at the School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar.

In 2007, he obtained his PhD in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University under the supervision of Professors Roger Owen, Nur Yalman and Aziz al-Azmeh.

At Georgetown, he teaches core courses on Modern Middle East History and Comparative Political Systems, as well as upper-class electives on Consumerism and Citizenship in the Middle East, Secularism in the Middle East, and Globalization and Geopolitics of the Middle East.

He serves as an editor of the journal Religions/Adyan

and Secretary of Research Council 37 (Rethinking Political Development) of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

His publications include:

“Demographic Dilemmas” in Lebanon: Liberation, Conflict and Crisis, ed. Barry Rubin, (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, March 2009);

“From Beirut Spring to Regional Winter?” in Breaking the Cycle: Civil Wars in Lebanon (London: Stacey International, 2007)

“Historical Legacy and Political Implications of State and Sectarian Schools in Lebanon” in Rethinking Education for Social Cohesion, ed. by Maha Shuayb, (London: Palgrave, 2012)

“Global Gradations of Secularism: The Cosociational, Communal and Coercive Paradigms”, Comparative Sociology (Brill Special Edition on Heterogeneity and Democracy), 11 (2012): 354-386.

“Roaming for Reformations in the Middle East: Can or Should Islam Follow the Trajectory of the West?”, The Islamic Monthly, (Winter/Spring 2012):108-111.

In 2010, he was awarded a grant by the Qatar National Research Fund to direct a student research project entitled: “The Impact of Electronic Communications on Family Values in Qatar.”

Prof. Farha is editing a book manuscript entitled “Secularism under Siege in Lebanon’s Second Republic: Global and Regional Dimensions of a Malaise.”


  • PhD (2007) Harvard University, History and Middle Eastern Studies
  • MTS (1999) Harvard University, World Religions
  • BSFS (1997) Georgetown University,


  • Arabic (speak, read, write)
  • French (speak, read)
  • German (speak, read, write)