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Dr Craig Larkin is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East and Deputy Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s College London. Prior to joining King’s he was an ESRC Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter working on an ESRC funded project, ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’ (2008-2012).

Craig holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, 2009), an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (LLM, 1999) and a BA(Hons) in Law and Politics (LLB, 1998) from Queen’s University Belfast. He also studied Arabic at Damascus University (2002-2004) and worked in community development projects in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

He is author of Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: remembering and forgetting the past (Routledge: London and NY, 2012); co-author of The Struggle for Jerusalem’s Holy Places (Routledge: London and NY, 2013) and co-editor (with M. Kerr) of The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant with Michael Kerr (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2015). He has also written articles and book chapters on memory and violence, urban geopolitics, Islamist movements and post-conflict politics. He is Co-editor of Hurst/OUP Book Series – Urban Conflict, Divided Societies , External Examiner for Birkbeck University of London and Advisory Council Member of The Centre on Religion and Global Affairs

His current book project is examining the Islamic movement inside Israel for which he was awarded a British Academy and Leverhulme grant (2016-2018).

Research Interests

Craig’s research is interdisciplinary and comparative, examining the intersection of conflict, identity and urban space in the contemporary Middle East.

He is particularly interested in:

  • Memory and transitional justice in post conflict settings
  • The spatio-politics of ethnically and religiously contested urban space 
  • Islamist movements, religion and identity politics

For more details, please see his full research profile.


For a full list of publications, please consult the Research Portal at King’s or Craig’s page on


  • The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant, with Michael Kerr (eds.) (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • The Struggle for Jerusalem’s Holy Places, co-authored book with Mick Dumper, Wendy Pullan, Lefkos Kyriacou and Maximilian Sternberg. (Routledge: London and NY, 2013)
  • Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: remembering and forgetting the past (Routledge: London and NY, January 2012); Paperback edition April 2015

Journal articles

  • ‘War Museums in Post-War Lebanon: Memory, Violence and Performance’ (Larkin and Parry-Davies) Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol.25, No.1 (2019): 78-96.
  • School Choice and Conflict Narratives: Representative Bureaucracy at the Street Level in East Jerusalem’ Administration and Society (with O’Connor, Nsasra and Shanks (2019): 1-38.
  • ‘Jerusalem’s Separation Wall and Global Message Board: Graffiti, Murals and the art of Sumud’, Arab Studies Journal, Vol. XXII, No.1, Spring 2014, 134-169. 
  • ‘In Defence of Al-Aqsa: The Islamic Movement inside Israel and battle for Jerusalem’ (Larkin and Dumper), Middle East Journal, Vol.66, No.1, (Winter, 2012):30-51.
  • ‘The Politics of Heritage and the Limitations of International Agency in Divided Cities: The role of UNESCO in Jerusalem's Old City’ (Larkin and Dumper), Review of International Studies, Vol.38, No.1, (Jan 2012): 25-52.
  • ‘Beyond the War? The Lebanese Postmemory Experience’, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol.42, Issue 4, (Nov. 2010): 615-635.
  • ‘Remaking Beirut: Contesting Memory, Space and the Urban Imaginary of Lebanese Youth’, City and Community, Vol.9, Issue 4, (Dec 2010): 414- 442.

Book chapters

  • ‘Religious Pluralism, Interfaith Dialogue and Post-war Lebanon’ (with Gutkowski and Daou) in Jan-Jonathan Bock, John Fahy and Sami Everett (eds.) Emergent Religious Pluralisms (Palgrave, 2019), 95-122.
  • ‘The Alawis of Tripoli: identity, violence and urban geopolitics‘ (with Olivia Midha) in The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant by M.Kerr and C.Larkin (eds.) (Hurst/OUP, 2015) 
  • ‘Speaking in the Silence: Youthful negotiations of Beirut’s postwar spaces and memories’, Locating Urban Conflicts: Ethnicity, Nationalism, Religion by W. Pullan and B. Ballie (eds.) (London: Palgrave MacMillan, April 2013), 93-114. 
  • ‘Lebanese Postmemory’ in Arab youth: Social Mobilization in times of Risk, R. Khalaf and S. Khalaf (eds.), Saqi Press (December 2011), 127-145.
  • ‘Martyrs & Massacres: Memorializing Violence in Beirut’, Capturing Urban Conflicts, Conflict in Cities, 2011 (


PhD Supervision

Dr Larkin welcomes enquires from PhD candidates seeking supervision in areas connected to his research interests