Rachid Ouaissa is Professor of Near and Middle Eastern Politics at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University. His main fields of research are political, economic, and societal developments in the MENA region since the nineteenth century, the rise of Islamist movements in the region, and questions of rentier states. Since February 2013, he serves as spokesperson for the Research Network “Reconfigurations: History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa,” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.