Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Dr Noah Bassil

Associate Dean, Higher Degree ResearchNoah Bassil
Director, Centre for Middle East and North African Studies
Senior Lecturer, Dept. Of Modern History, 
Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia
Location: Building Y3A
Tel: 9850 8811

Education History

Academic Qualifications:

2004-2009 (awarded May 2010)  Macquarie University PhD Politics and International Relations
2003 University of New South Wales Honours 2 (1) Politics and International Relations
1999-2002 University of New South Wales BA International Relations and Modern History


PhD, Macquarie University, 2010: "The Crisis of the African Post-Colonial State and the Conflict in Darfur"
BA (Hons), UNSW, 2002, "Constructing and Deconstructing the Dark Continent: Colonial Representations of Africa"

Employment History

12.1.2017 -present Associate Dean, Higher Degree Research
1.7.2014- 31.12.2016 Senior Lecturer Macquarie University, Modern History, Politics and International Relations
1.7.2011-31.6.2014 Lecturer, Level B Macquarie University, Modern History, Politics and International Relations
1.7.2010-31.6.2011 Fixed Term Lecturer, Level A Macquarie University, Modern History, Politics and International Relations



Bassil, N.R. (2013) The Crisis of the Post-Colonial Sudanese State: Origins of the Conflict in Darfur, London: I.B. Tauris and Co.

Conflict in Darfur
Book chapters

Bassil, N.R. (2014) 'The Political Strategy of Tribalism in Darfur' in Luca Aneschi and Gennaro Gervasio (eds.), Hidden Geographies: Informal Power in the Greater Middle East, Milton Park: Routledge.
Bassil, N.R. (2014) 'Beyond the Arab Spring: Hegemony, passive revolution and imperialism in the Arab Middle East' in Clark, B, Ghafar, A and Moritz, J, The Contemporary Middle East: Revolution or Reform, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.
Bassil, N. (2010) 'The Regional Consequences of the Iraq War' in Lynda-Ann Blanchard and Leah Chan (eds.) Ending War, Building Peace, Sydney: Sydney University Press, pp. 65-84.
Bassil, N. (2010) 'Colonial Constructions of Race in Sudan' in Joseph Pugliese, Relational Dis/locations: Mediterranean Cultures in Translocal and Transnational Contexts, Brussels: Peter Lang Publishers, 2010, pp. 85-104.     

Journal Articles

Bassil, N. R. (2014) 'Review Article: Severity and Longevity of Civil Wars reconsidered' Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, 26 (3), pp. 452-456.
Bassil, N.R. (2011) 'The Roots of Afropessimism: The British Invention of the Dark Continent', Critical Arts: A Journal South-North Cultural Studies (special edition Afropessimism) editors, Louw, E. and Boulou de B'beri, 25 (3), pp. 377-97.
Bassil N.R. (2006) 'A Brief History of the Keira Sultanate of Dar Fur, Western Sudan,' Journal of North African Studies, 11 (4), pp. 347-64.

Other Publications

Bassil, N. (2013) 'A New Wave of dissent: Los Indignados and the return of history?', Australian Options, Issue 72, pp. 29-30.
Bassil, N. (2012) 'The Middle East and North Africa in Revolt', Australian Options, 68, pp. 27-30.
Bassil, N. and Lawson, S. (2011) 'Area Studies in a Postcolonial Age: The Case of Melanesia', Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Biennial Conference, December 8-9, University of the South Pacific, Apia, Samoa.
Bassil, N. (2011) 'Australia in Afghanistan: from US partners to partnering Afghanistan, Australian Options, 66, pp.3-9.   
Bassil, N. (2010) 'Opinion: The 2010 Sudanese Elections', The Australasian Review of African Studies, 31 (1) June, 2010, pp. 138-140.
Bassil, N. (2010) 'Israel: International Rogue?' AQ: Journal of Contemporary Australian Studies, Vol. 81, (1).   
Bassil, N. (2009) 'Political Transformations in Northern Africa 1900-1945' in ABC-Clio Encyclopedia of World History.
Bassil. N. (2007) 'Intellectuals and Political Activism: The role of "Arab" cultural elites in contemporary Australia', AQ: Australia Quarterly, Vol. 79 (2) 22-26, 40.  
Bassil, N. (2004) 'The Failure of the State in Africa: The case of Darfur', AQ: Australian Quarterly, Vol. 76 (4) pp.23-29.
Bassil, N. (2004) 'is the Australian State Ill?', AQ; Australian Quarterly, Vol. 76. (3) pp. 24-28, 40.

Book Reviews

Bassil, N. (2016) 'Their Second Republic: Islamism in the Sudan from disintegration to oblivion' Contemporary Islam, Vol.10 (1), pp. 107-109.
Bassil, N. (2015) 'The Case for Palestine: the perspective of an Australian observer', Australian Options, Vol. 79, pp. 29-30.
Bassil, N (2015) 'Chile and Australia: contemporary transpacific partnerships from the south', Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, Vol. 21 (3), pp. 420-421.
Bassil, N. (2010) 'Africa: The politics of suffering and smiling', Australian Review of African Studies, Vol. 31  (2), pp. 118-120.
Bassil, N. (2009) 'Sudan: Race, Religion, and Violence' Australian Review of African Studies, Vol. 30 (2), pp. 184-185.

Other Outputs

The Conversation 'Reimagining NSW: how good governance strengthens democracy' with Carolien Van Ham, Aika Guaja and Philppa Collin, August 2, 2016.

The Conversation 'Islamic State knows its own history; to defeat it, we must know ours' November 10, 2014.


2012, Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: Macquarie University.
2011, Award for Teaching Excellence: Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.
2007, Higher Degree Research Award: Division of Humanities, Macquarie University.

HDR Completions

Govand Azeez, 2015 'Denying the Right to Resist" (PhD).
Courtney Hercus, 2016 'The Contradictions of Global Governance from a Historical materialist perspective' (PhD).
Carla Nolan, 2016 'The Influence of the "Arab Spring" on Australian Arabs' (PhD). 
Cameron Smith 2014 'Exclusion within, exclusion without: race and neoliberalism in an unequal Australia' (MRes) Awarded with a mark of 87 per cent
Mohammed Sulemana 'Ethno-tribal politics in Nigeria; colonial foundation, postcolonial reconstructions' (MRes) Awarded with a mark of 82 per cent

Current HDR Supervisions

Marisa Della Gatta 'The Role of Syria's Diaspora Communities in the Syrian Conflict (PhD)
Cameron Smith, 'The Political Economy of Racial Politics in Australia' (PhD)
Tayyibe Armagan  'Politics of Flows and Control in the MENA: The Turkish Model as an Instrument of Control in the Face of Arab Spring.' (PhD)
Karim Pourhamzavi 'Comprehending the Rise of the Jihadist Movements in the Middle East through the Role of Competing Global Powers' (PhD).

Teaching Activity
Current Teaching
FOAR701 Research Paradigms

Past Teaching:
POL108 Introduction to Global Politics
IRPG849 International Political Economy
POL303 Global Political Economy
IRPG855 Globalization and the North South Relationship
IRPG843 International Relations of the Middle East
POL252 The Politics of Terrorism
POL255 The Politics of Africa
Pol322 International Relations of the Middle East
POL369 Europe and Islam
Noah Bassil teaching

Public Engagement and Media

Noah Pub

Noah has commented in the media (2BL, Bloomberg, Asia News, Sky News Australia, Voice of America, SBS, ABC News24, 2SER) on a range of issues including Sudan, the Arab uprisings, Israel-Palestine, and most recently on the Islamic State. Some of these interviews and commentaries are available at the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies website at Since January 2011, Noah speaks each week on 3CR radio program "Solidarity Radio" on issues ranging from events in the Arab world to the politics of neoliberalism.  
Noah has appeared as an expert speaker at numerous public events including Politics in the Pub, Sydney, the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition and the Australian Human Rights Arts Festival.