Hee Soo Lee

Hee Soo Lee is currently Chair Professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology of Hanyang University, the Director of Sungkonghoe Institute for Islamic Studies, and Distinguished Professor at Keimyung University, Korea. A well-known anthropologist of Middle Eastern studies in Korea, he completed his BA and MA degrees at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, and a PhD at Istanbul University. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in many Muslim countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, and Uzbekistan since 1979. He had served as the president of the Korean Association of Middle East Studies from 2008 to 2009 and director of the Korea Institute of Islamic Culture. He researched at the University of Washington in 2002 and 2012 and the University of Vienna in 2014 as a visiting professor. In addition, he serves as the Secretary General of the Korea-Turkey Friendship Association. Currently, he is a leading advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Counter-Terrorism Center and National Police Agency of the Korean government. He has authored eighty-two books on Islamic Studies and the Middle East in Korean, English, Turkish, and Arabic.