Soumaya Ghannoushi is a researcher in the history of ideas at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. ... is director of research at IslamExpo. Ghannoushi is an academic and freelance writer. She is a researcher at the school of Oriental & African studies, University of London. Having been awarded a bachelor and masters degrees in philosophy from the University of London with a thesis, on the history of subjectivity from Descartes to Heidegger, she moved on to oriental studies. She has a keen interest in medieval history and is currently completing a doctorate thesis on the medieval origins of the Orientalist discourse. Her research interests range from political philosophy to medieval history and contemporary Middle Eastern politics. She is a columnist on aljazeera.net.