Asian Studies Program
Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairi is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Asian Studies Program at the KFCRIS. He joined the KFCRIS in October 2015. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Politics from the University of Hong Kong, his master's degree in International Relations from the Peking University and in International History from the London School of Economics (joint program), and his undergraduate degree in International Politics from the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and Chinese (Mandarin). His research interests encompass Sino-Middle Eastern relations, Islamic and leftist connections between East Asia and the Arab World, and Chinese politics.
Publications at the KFCRIS
“The Prophet’s Dao along the Yalu: Muslim Histories in Northeast Asia,” Dirasat 62, 2021.
"‘Chinese’ Development Zones in the Gulf: The Case of Kuwait’s North Economic Zone (Silk City),” Special Report, 2020. (Co-authored with Alanoud Al-Sabah)
"Traditions of Māturīdism and anti-Wahhābism in China: an account of the Yihewani hard-liners of the Northwest," Journal of Islamic Studies 32(3), 2021.
“Arab Encounters with Maoist China: Transnational Journeys, Diasporic Lives and Intellectual Discourses,” Third World Quarterly, 2020.
“A Near-Normalisation? Sino-Saudi Diplomatic Flirtations between 1955 and 1957,” Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 2020. (Co-authored with Tingyi Wang)
“Marx’s Arabian Apostles: The Rise and Fall of the Saudi Communist Movement,”The Middle East Journal, 73(3), 2019.
“Adhering to the Ways of Our Western Brothers: Tracing Saudi Influences on the Development of Chinese Salafism,” Sociology of Islam, 4(1-2), 2016.