Islam and International Relations: Contributions to Theory and Practice

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This edited volume conceives of International Relations (IR) as an intellectual platform, and not as a unilateral project. It is in this vein of thought that each contributor explores Islamic contributions to the field, addressing the theories and practices of the Islamic civilization and of Muslim societies with regards to international affairs and to the discipline of IR. The inclusion of Muslim contributions is not meant to create an isolationist, judicious divide between what is Islamic and what is not. Instead, this study supports the inclusion of that knowledge as a building block in the field of IR. An outcome of the Co-IRIS team (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), this study draws together the combined expertise of scholars of Islam in international affairs.


Deina Abdelkader is Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA, and the author of Social Justice in Islam (2000) and Islamic Activists: The Anti-Enlightenment Democrats (2011).

Nassef Manabilang Adiong is the editor of International Relations and Islam: Diverse Perspectives (2013), and the founder of PhISO (Philippine International Studies Organization).

Raffaele Mauriello is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, Iran. In 2013, he was awarded the prize for Book of the Year in Iran.


“The editors have presented in this book few viewpoints by able intellectuals on how Islam may treat certain contemporary international issues. Although I am sure it will certainly be of use to those who are doing research in this field, the real merits of the book will appear when experts on international affairs make their evaluation.” – Professor Yasın Ceylan, Middle East technical University, Turkey

‘‘This fulfilling work showcases the impact of Islam in international affairs, particularly within a large and comparative perspective. It is, indeed, a very appropriate source for scholars of social sciences who are interested in Islam and its current political status in the contemporary world.’’ – Professor İştar Gözaydın, Gediz University, Turkey

‘‘This is the most extensive work in IR and Islam. It presented original, creative, and genuine discourses in understanding Islamic approaches to the study of International Relations.’’ – Associate Professor Labeeb Ahmed Bsoul, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi

“An outstanding effort to construct international theory from the East… Adiong and his collegues contributed to the Western-dominated international relations literature with an Islamic outlook.” – Assistant Professor Mustafa Serdar Palabıyık, TOBB University, Turkey



Part I: Towards an Islamic Contribution to International Relations Theory: Setting the Stage
Raffaele Mauriello
1 Fundamentals of Islam in International Relations
Ali Akbar Alikhani
2 Islamic Norms and Values in International Relations and their Reinterpretation in AKP-Governed Turkey
Lili Yulyadi Arnakim
3 Oppressors and Oppressed Reconsidered: A Shi‘itologic Perspective on the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hezbollah’s Outlook on International Relations
Raffaele Mauriello and Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Part II: Diplomacy, Justice, and Negotiation in Islamic Thought
Deina Abdelkader
4 Ibn Khaldûn’s Historical Sociology and the Concept of Change in International Relations Theory
Faruk Yalvaç
5 From Tripartite Division to Universal Humanism: Alternative Islamic Global International Relations
Ahmed Al-Dawoody
6 Democracy and Secularism: Binary Divide Between Faith and Reason
Deina Abdelkader

Part III: Contemporary Muslim Insights on Muslim Governance and International Relations
Nassef Manabilang Adiong
7 “The Parting of the Ways” – A Qutbian Approach to International Relations
Carimo Mohomed
8 Constructing an Islamic Theory of IR: The Case of Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī, Ummah, Jihād and the World
Rodolfo Ragionieri
9 Malaysia’s Islam Hadhari and the Role of the Nation-State in International Relations
Muhamad Ali

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Nassef Manabilang Adiong

Nassef is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort), PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization), DSRN (Decolonial Studies Research Network), and BRLN (Bangsamoro Research and Legal Network). He works on interdisciplinary research between Islam and International Relations and explores the Bangsamoro society as he heads the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) of the Bangsamoro Parliament. Visit for more details.

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