Alnogaidan is an Emirati writer and researcher, born in Buraydah, central Saudi Arabia, in 1970. He has written and worked in several important Saudi newspapers. In 1998, he began writing in the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, then in Al-Majalla magazine between 1998 and 2000. From September 2000 to September 2002, he contributed to the establishment of the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, working as a writer and editor in the cultural section, and was in charge of the “Discussions” and “Opinion” sections for several months.
From April 2003 to June 2006, he was as a full-time writer for the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh. From January 2007 to February 2008, he was a writer in the Bahraini newspaper Al-Waqt. Then, he returned to Al-Riyadh newspaper as a full-time writer from April 2008 to February 2011. From October 2011 to May 2018, he contributed a weekly article in the UAE-based newspaper Al-Ittihad.
In June 2007, Alnogaidan published a famous article in the Washington Post, “Losing My Jihadism,” about his spiritual experience with faith, which Dorothy Seyler quoted in her book, and taught for her students, at the University of Northern Virginia. It was among the top 90 articles published in English.
Alnogaidan worked as a full-time researcher for Al-Mesbar Studies & Research Center in Dubai, UAE, from November 2009, before becoming research director in 2010 and serving as director from June 2012 to May 2018. In February 2018, he founded HARF& FASELA Media in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
In April 2004, Elizabeth Rubin published his life story and intellectual transformations, in the New York Times magazine, in an article entitled The Jihadi Who Kept Asking Why, two million copies of which were distributed. In November 2005, Al-Arabiya TV channel devoted two hours, including a full-hour documentary, to Alnogaidan’s life. The British writer Robert Lacey included Alnogaidan’s story and his transformation, from the age of 10 to 38, in the second part of his book Inside the Kingdom, published in 2009. In 2017, Sherif Arafa’s book titled “Al Ansan Baad Al Tahdees” (The Man After Modernization), included a chapter on Alnogaidan’s life, ideas, and transformation.
In June 2007, he founded the Law Respect Culture Forum in collaboration with the Washington Strategic Information Center, sponsored by Georgetown University. In 2015, he led Al-Mesbar Center’s team to sign a partnership agreement with UNESCO in Paris to support youth and intercultural dialogue. In October 2017, he was honored in New York by World Hope International for his distinguished efforts in fighting extremism.
Alnogaidan has written dozens of articles, in Arab and international newspapers, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, American Interest, and the Arabic edition of Newsweek magazine. He has numerous published studies, the most important of which is The History of Hisbah and the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, plus a study on the History of al-Salafiya al-Muhtasiba, Occupiers of the Holy Mosque. In addition, he was hosted by several Arab and international TV channels, such as CBS, BBC, Radio Monte Carlo International, the German television and French Channel 2.