Head of Political Sciance Department, Hebron University


Belal Shobaki is the Head of the Department of Political Science at Hebron University, Palestine. He is a Policy Member at the Palestinian Policy Network. He has published on Political Islam, identity, democratization and Palestinian issue. Shobaki lectures on Palestinian Political System, Political Analysis and Islamic Political Thought. He is also leading Hebron University team of a 3 years project:  Strengthening of National Research Capacity on Policy, Conflict Resolution, and Reconciliation, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. He has previously taught at An-Najah National University, Palestine and at IIUM, Malaysia. 

Email: belalsh@hebron.edu / b.shobaki@gmail.com

Mobile: +970595293542

Office No.
+972 (2) 2220995 ex: 305
Hebron University, P.O.Box: 40, Hebron, West-Bank, Palestine.
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✓      Ph.D. Political Science, International Islamic University of Malaysia, 2009 – 2014


✓      M.A. with Honor, Political Planning and Development, An-Najah National University, Palestine, 2005 – 2007 


✓      B.A. with Honor, Political Science, An-Najah National University, Palestine, 2001 – 2005 


Academic and Administrative Experience

●        Head of the Political Science Department, Hebron University. 2016- Present. 


●        Asst. Professor, the Department of Political Science, Hebron University. 2014-Present. 


●        Project Manager, Strengthening of National Research Capacity on Policy Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, (Hebron University). Erasmus + Capacity Building in Higher Education, 2018 - Present. 


●        Visiting Lecturer, Siena University, Italy, June 2018. 


●        Examiner of many Master Thesis’s in Political Science at Hebron University, Alquds University, AAUP and An-Najah National University. 2017-present.


●        Project Coordinator (Hebron University), Capacity Development in Higher Legal Education in the Palestinian Territories. The Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC), the Utrecht University (UU), the Free University Amsterdam (VU) and the University of Jordan (UoJ). 2017-2018


●        Online Lecturer, The Academy of Refugees Studies. 2015- 2019.


●        Policy Analyst, The Palestinian Policy Network Ashabaka, 2015- Present. 


●        Examiner of Research Papers at: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Hebron University Journal, Alistqlal University Journal, Islamic University- Maldives Journal and Political Science and Law Journal. 2014-Present.


●        Lecturer, Political-Science, International Islamic University,Kuala Lumpur, 2013/2014. 


●        Editor-in-Chief, Al-Waha Newspaper, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2012 – 2013 


●        Lecturer, Political Science, An - Najah National University, Palestine, 2007 - 2009


●        Director, Research Unit, Palestinian Center for Democracy and Studies, Palestine, 2006 - 2009


●        Lecturer, Palestinian Center for Democracy, Palestine, 2006 – 2009 


●        Editorial Committee Member, Unity Magazine, Palestine, 2008 - 2009


●        Contributing Columnist, Al Arab Al Asbouyi Newspaper, London, 2006 – 2008 


●         Researcher, Muwatin: The Palestinian Institute for Democratic Studies, Palestine, 2006 


●        Editor-in-Chief, Masar e-Newsletter, Palestinian Center for Democracy, 2005 – 2006 




✓      Filling Gaps Left by the Muslim Brotherhood: Experience in Palestine. Chapter in: Salafi Social and Political Movements: National and Transnational Context, Edinburgh University Press, 2021.


✓      Co-Author, The Role of the NGOs in the Palestinian Decision making, Vision Center, Istanbul, 2018. (Arabic). 


✓      Co-Author, Democracy in the Public Square, Muwatin, Birzeit University, 2018. 


✓      Co-Author, “The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas): Studies of Thoughts & Experience”, Al-Zaytounah Center, Lebanon. 2017. (English version) 


✓      Co-Author, “The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas): Studies of Thoughts & Experience”, Al-Zaytounah Center, Lebanon. 2014. (Arabic version)


✓      Co-Editor, “International Changes and their Impact on the Palestinian Issue”. The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Studies, 2009


✓      “Political Change from the Perspective of Islamic Movements: Hamas as a Model”. The Palestinian Institution for the Study of Democracy (Muwatin), 2008


✓      Co-Author, The Future of Israel, Vision Center, Istanbul, to be published. 





✓      Hybrid Regimes in the Arab Mashreq and their Role in Turning Political Disputes into Identity Conflicts, Siasat Arabiya,Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies,  No 25, March 2017, pp7-19.  https://www.dohainstitute.org/ar/lists/ACRPS-PDFDocumentLibrary/document_D945469D.pdf


✓      "From Fragmentation to the Creation of Alternative Palestinian Identities", Chapter in: “Palestinian Issue and the Future of the Palestinian National Project Conference”, Arab Center for Studies and Research, Doha – Qatar. December, 2015.



✓      “Changing Hamas Charter: The Demands, Indicators and Inhibitions”, Chapter in “Turkey and the Future of The Palestinian Issue”. kONYA: Necmetin Erbakan University, 2017.


✓      GCC and Eastward: Analyzing the relationship with ASEAN, Journal of Political Science and Law, Berlin, Volume1, No.4, September 2017, pp51-74. 


✓      “The Challenges of Integration for the EU”, Al Mustaqbal Al Arabi, Beirut. Volume 401, 2012



✓      Co-author, “The War on Gaza: Realities and Directions”, The Palestinian Center for Democracy, 2009


✓      “Institutional Obstacles Facing the Palestinian Civil Society”, the Palestinian Center for Democracy, 2008


✓      “EU Developmental Policy in the Palestinian Territories”, the Palestinian Center for Democracy. 2007


✓      “Russia's Foreign Policy Towards the Palestinian Issue”, the Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Amman, volume 34-35, 2006


✓      “Meditation According to Buddha”, Maaber Journal August 2006.



✓      “Religious Authorities Strategies in Controlling the Muslim Mind”, Maaber Journal, 2005



✓      “Separation Wall: Causes and Effects”, Miftah, 2005. 




✓      Qusai Hamed, “United States and the Democratic Transformation in Palestine”, Zaytouna Center, 2010


✓      Anthony Cordesman, “Gaza War, Strategic Analysis”. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, 2010


✓      Paul Salem, “Building Cooperation in the Eastern Middle East”, The Global Campaign to Resist Aggression at Carnegie, Vol. 24 May 2011


✓      Marina Ottaway, “The New Middle East”, Middle East”, The Global Campaign to Resist Aggression at Carnegie, 2011


✓      Svante Cornell, “Changes in Turkey: Influencers of the Turkish Foreign Policy” Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2012, pp. 13-24 & Islam Online, February 2012


✓      Alex Thurston, “Islamists in Mauritania”, Carnegie Center for Peace, 2012


✓      Robert Istrk, “The Dark Side of Islamic Utopia”, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, January 2012 & Islam Online, March 2012


✓       Raymond Hinnibuch, “Syria: From the Renovation of Tyranny to the Revolution”, Islam Online, 2012




✓      Barak Ravid, “Foundation for the Defense’s Document, Peace with Syria and a Plan to Strike Iran”,  Haaretz , publisher Al-Sharq News, 2008


✓      Daniel Byman, “How to Handle Hamas", Journal of Foreign Affairs, Zaytouna Center, Palestine, 2010


Research Interests

  • Political Islam
  • Identity
  • Democratization
  • Palestinian issue

Research and Academic visits

ü  Study visit to Belfast and Dublin to explore the Irish experiences of conflict and the peace process. Forward Thinking,18-22 february 2018. 

ü  Study Visit to The Netherlands: Program Leadership and People Management Course, The Center for International Lugsail Cooperation (CILC) and MDF training and consultancy, 2-6 October 2017, The Hague.  

ü  Training Course, Project Cycle Management, The Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC), Jericho, 23-25 March 2018. 

ü  Training Course, Fundraising and Proposal Writing, MDF Training andConsultancy and Al-Najah University, 9-11 February 2018.

ü  Training Course, Performance-based Management, Saxion University and An-Najah National University, Jericho, 1-3 February 2018. 

ü  Community-Based Learning, Center for Excellence, Hebron University, May 2016. 

ü  Training Course, Blended Learning, Saxion University and An-Najah National University, Jericho, March 2016. 

ü  Training Course, The Excellence in Teaching, Center for Excellence, Hebron University 2015-2016. 

ü  Training Course, Political Analysis, The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Studies, Nablus, October 2006. 

Professional Memberships

ü  Committee Member of the Equalization of Foreign Certificates, Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education, Ramallah, 2018- 2020. 

ü  Volunteer at Afaq Association for the Support of Cancer Patients, Nablus, 2018- Present. 

ü  Member of the Administrative Committee of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Hebron University, 2018- Present. 

ü  Member of the Advisory Committee, Marsad Project, The Palestinian Institution for Empowerment and Local Development, 2018- Present. 

ü  Committee Member of the Weekly Letter, Hebron University, 2017- Present. 

ü  Policy Member, The Palestinian Policy Network, 2014.

ü  Member of the American Political Science Association (APSA), 2013

ü  Foundation committee member of (Don’t Hate) Campaign, Malaysia, 2013 

ü  Participant at Al Zohour City, Al Salam City Project. Under the supervision of the Belgium Consulate, 2004

ü  Preparatory committee member for “Palestinian political Reform conference. Funded by Konrad Idenhour. Germany, 2003

ü  Administrative committee member at Golden Key club, An-Najah National University, 2003 

Courses Schedule

# Course No. Course Name Class No. Room Time
1 L4305 Political Analysis 1 a313 (10:50-09:30) الMon,الWed
2 L4406 Graduation Project 1 0000 (21:50-20:30) الMon,الWed
3 L4711 Public Diplomacy 1 a313 (17:20-14:30) الMon