Book Launch: “Islam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms”

You are cordially invited.

Islam in International Relations - Politics and ParadigmsIslam in International Relations: Politics and Paradigms analyses the interaction between Islam and IR. It shows how Islam is a conceptualization of ideas that affect people’s thinking and behaviour in their capacity to relate with IR as both discipline and practice.

This approach challenges Western-based and defined epistemological and ontological foundations of the discipline, and by doing so contributes to worlding IR as a field of study and practice by presenting and discussing a broad range of standpoints from within Islamic civilization. The volume opens with the presentation and discussion of the international thought of a major Muslim leader, followed by a chapter that addresses the ethical practice of IR, from traditional pacifism to modern Arab political philosophy. It then switches to applying constructivism as a tool to understand Islam in world affairs and proceeds to address the issue of how the ethnocentric approach of Western academia has hindered our understanding of world affairs. The volume moves on to address the ISIS phenomenon, a current urgent issue in world affairs, and closes with a look at Islamic geopolitics.

Edited by Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello, and Deina Abdelkader, and with contributions from Farhood Badri, Hanna Pfeifer, Jason E. Strakes, Marina Eleftheriadou, Mohamed-Ali Adraoui, Mohammed Hashas, Muhammad Haniff Hassan, Nicholas P. Roberts, Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Shaimaa Magued, and Sotiris Roussos. The volume is published under the Routledge’s Worlding beyond the West series.

Each activity in this series of book launches, chaired by distinguished scholars, will feature a 5-minute presentation on Co-IRIS by Dr Nassef Manabilang Adiong, a 15-minute talk on “Islam and Democracy: Lessons learnt from the Arab Spring” by Dr Deina Abdelkader, another 15-minute talk on “The Khamenei Doctrine: Iran’s Leader on Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and International Relations” by Dr Raffaele Mauriello, and an open forum. The events will be held at various locations, including CIMEL of SOAS, the Philippine Embassy in London, OXCIS, and Royal Holloway’s CIWAS. Please be guided of the schedules below:

January 15, 2019 (Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL) at SOAS, University of London
Chair: Dr Jonathan Ercanbrack
Venue: Room G3, main SOAS building, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Telephone: +44.20.7898.4095
To register, please contact Dr Ercanbrack at

January 16, 2019 (Wednesday, 10:00 am – 12:00 nn)
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in the UK
Chair: Second Secretary and Consul Rommel A. Romato
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Philippine Embassy, 10 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG
Telephone: +44.20.7451.1780
Registration via email ( is required.

January 17, 2019 (Thursday, 5:00 – 6:30 pm)
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Chair: Mr Richard Makepeace
Venue: Damascus Room, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0EE
Telephone: +44.1865.618543
To register, please contact the academic office at

January 18, 2019 (Friday, 5:30 – 7:00 pm)
Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS) at Royal Holloway, University of London
Chair: Dr Mohammad R. Kalantari
Venue: Moore Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham TW20 0EX
Register at

You are welcome to submit your research monograph in the following publications edited, advised, and supported by the Co-IRIS team:
– International Journal of Islam in Asia (Brill Publishers)
– Islam and Global Studies series (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Islam and International Relations series (Gerlach Press)
– Islam in Southeast Asia series (Palgrave Macmillan)

Co-IRIS launch

Islam in International Relations -Book Seminar

My horrendous experience with US immigration officers on February 21, 2017.

Below is an excerpt from Inside Higher Ed‘s piece written by Elizabeth Redden.

Another scholar from overseas had a difficult time entering the U.S. for the conference. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, the founder of the Philippine International Studies Organization, came from Manila to Baltimore via Tokyo and Detroit. He said he was about to board his flight for the Tokyo-Detroit leg when he was taken from the line and questioned by a U.S. official about his address in Manila, his family, his background and the foreign countries he had visited.

“I thought that after this situation had happened to me, I would not have any difficulty at the port of entry in Detroit,” Adiong said. But upon arrival in the U.S., Adiong said, he was brought into a room for secondary screening and questioned for two hours by two immigration officials whose questions kept circling around issues of Islam and terrorism. They let him go about five minutes before his connecting flight to Baltimore was scheduled to leave. “It was just a random check, that’s what they said,” Adiong said.

Adiong, whose research is about Islam and international relations in the pre-modern era, described the experience as exasperating, exhausting and embarrassing. “I’m having second thoughts of coming back for future ISA conferences under the current USA administration,” he said. “Probably after this administration I may attend.”

Full article is available here.


I want you to read this and seriously think about it while writing your paper.
PLAGIARISM is defined, according to Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd Edition), “the act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts or passages of his writings, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one’s own mind.” See:
In short, it is an intellectual thievery. See for more academic details.
For acts on plagiarism, see Far Eastern University’s policy on academic integrity at
In Philippine laws, it is a violation of Republic Act No. 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines) and Republic Act 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012). When you plagiarized, you will be punishable by:
A. Imprisonment of one (1) year to three (3) years plus a fine ranging from Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000) to One hundred fifty thousand pesos (P150,000) for the first offense;
B. Imprisonment of three (3) years and one (1) day to six (6) years plus a fine ranging from One hundred fifty thousand pesos (P150,000) to Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000) for the second offense;
C. Imprisonment of six (6) years and one (1) day to nine (9) years plus a fine ranging from five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000) to one million five hundred thousand pesos (P1,500,000) for the third and subsequent offenses.
So for those who committed plagiarism, I am giving you another chance to redeem yourself. For those who committed twice, you automatically failed the course.