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.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair in Contemporary Islam in Southeast Asia, Harvard University (Harvard Divinity School)

School Harvard Divinity School

Position Description

Harvard University’s Faculty of Divinity seeks to make a full-time, tenured appointment to the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair in Contemporary Islam. We seek a scholar whose work engages the social, intellectual, political, artistic, economic, or any other aspect of contemporary Islamic life with specialization in Southeast Asia. The candidate should demonstrate a deep understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of Islamic institutions, movements, and ideas in Southeast Asia with emphasis on the 18th-century to the present. The candidate should be also conversant with the broader, global history of Islamic religion and culture.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should be competent in the appropriate research languages and be able to teach and advise at the doctoral and master’s levels. Applicants should also be able to contribute to the Divinity School’s degree programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity program, and be familiar with forms of analysis that address race, gender, and social location. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in the intellectual life of the Divinity School. The candidate will also teach undergraduates and doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Special Instructions

Letters of nomination should be sent to: Islamic Search Committee, c/o Matthew B. Turner, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, or via email A letter of application and current curriculum vitae are required of all candidates. Preference is given to online applications made at: Applications may also be submitted via postal or electronic mail to the addresses above. Review of applications will begin in December and continue throughout February 2015.

Contact Information

Islamic Search Committee
C/o Matthew B. Turner
Harvard Divinity School
45 Francis Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email

Survey of ‘IR of the Middle East’ syllabus

May I ask for your honest opinion regarding the design, structure, and content of the syllabus? Would you like to lessen the think pieces? Would you like to add quizzes? Can you please write your comments, critiques, and/or suggestions on the Google form below? And please do not write your name.

Islam and International Relations book series

book series

The book series is a partnership between Co-IRIS and Gerlach Press. Co-IRIS is an organization that promotes and advances research on Islam and International Relations. Gerlach Press is an academic publisher specialized on the Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Series Editors: Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Raffaele Mauriello, and Deina Abdelkader

The series addresses the role of Islam in the study and practice of the ‘international’, in terms of both conventional relations among modern states and a broader view on interactions among humans and their societies that go beyond their locality. It aims to provide a platform for advancing research on Islam and the ‘international’ with the aim to develop and sustain a body of knowledge that addresses the theories and practices of the Islamic civilization and of Muslim societies as regards international affairs, and hence enriches and diversifies the disciplines of International Relations and Geopolitics with contributions from Islamic history and thought.

We welcome book proposals in areas such as:
Islamic theories of international relations   •   Islam in International Relations theories   •   Islamic Studies and International Studies   •   Islamic Studies and Area Studies   •   Islamic approaches to world politics   •   Islam and foreign policy   •   Islam and diplomacy   •   Islam and geopolitics   •   Islam and Security Studies   •   Islam and post-colonial international relations   •   Islam and global development studies   •   Islam and international law   •   Islam and international political economy   •   Islam and international political sociology   •   Islam and human rights   •   Islam and international organizations

Please email your inquiries and/or book proposals to and include carbon copies to,, and

All book proposals should include the following:
• A title of the book.
• A description of the book (between 400 and 700 words) and its relation to competing works.
• A table of contents.
• An estimate of page length.
• Optional: one or two sample chapters.
• A curriculum vitae of the author(s).
• A proposed deadline for submission of the final manuscript.