Bernard Haykel is professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. A specialist in Islamic law, politics and history, he has been a faculty member at New York University since 1998.
Haykel is the author of “Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani”, Cambridge University Press, 2003, which is an intellectual biography of al-Shawkani, considered one of the founding fathers of modern Islamic reformism, and an account of a transitional period in Yemeni history.
In 2005, Haykel was one of 16 people across the country selected as Carnegie Scholars by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a philanthropic organization that was launching a major effort to support the study of Islam. He has been studying the Salafi movement from its base in Saudi Arabia and its various strongholds around the world from the 1960s to the present.