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Matthias Kuentzel, PhD

Matthias Kuentzel, PhD
Political Scientist and Author

In addition to holding a tenured position as a teacher of political science at a technical college in Hamburg, Germany, Matthias Küntzel is an external research associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the German chapter of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).

Since 2001, his research and writing has focused on Antisemitism in current Islamic thinking, Islamism, Islamism and National Socialism, Iran, and German and European policies towards the Middle East and Iran.

His essays and articles have been translated into ten languages and published inter alia in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Telos, Policy Review, The Jerusalem Post, Standard, Spiegel, Die Zeit and Internationale Politik.

Küntzel was presented with the Anti Defamation League (ADL) Paul Ehrlich-Günther K. Schwerin Human Rights Award in 2011 during the League’s National Executive Committee meeting in Palm Beach, Florida and spoke at the International Scholars Conference on Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives, organized by the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University.

In 2010 he became a regular guest commentator on Germany’s main public radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur and addressed the Second Conference of the Interparliamentary Coalition on Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) in Ottawa, Canada.

In 2009, he spoke at the “London Conference on Combating Antisemitism”, organized by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and published his most recent book, The Germans and Iran. The Past and Present of a Fateful Friendship (German publisher: Wolf Jobst Siedler, Berlin). He presented this book to the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv university and participated in the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem.

In 2008, his book Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 won the Gold Award for Religion at the 12th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in Los Angeles. He presented Jihad and Jew-Hatred in the United States at numerous universities (Stanford University; Columbia University; University of California in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and Irvine; Buffalo University, University of Maine at Augusta; Cooper Union New York) and delivered lectures at conferences organized inter alia by the American Enterprise Institute, The Israel Project, The Anti-Defamation League and The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

In 2007, Telos Press (New York, NY) published his book Jihad and Jew-Hatred which was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2007 London Book Festival. He gave talks at the European Parliament as well as in Vienna, London and Berlin about trade relations between Europe and Iran.

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