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

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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

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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.

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

Islamic Law and the State: Doctrine and History


The VII Islamic Legal Studies Conference, convened by the International Society for Islamic Legal Studies(ISILS), under the auspices of the Turkish Historical Association, Ankara 
“Islamic Law and the State: Doctrine and History”
May 30–June 1, 2012, Ankara, Turkey 
The conference will address how the relationship between the law and the state has been understood and practiced in Islamic legal history. The following questions inform the conference:
  • How, by means both practical and doctrinal, have Muslims pursued under the aegis of their religious law the goals or objects today called “constitutionalism,” i.e., the organization of functions of governance and the restraint of political authorities by law? For example, what should we learn from instances where scholars exerted not only their explicit powers to interpret and apply fiqh but also their moral, theological, social, administrative and political influence to “check and balance” political authorities?
  • How have powers of government been allocated de jure and de facto between ruling or political institutions, on the one hand, and scholarly institutions, on the other? Of particular interest are the religious or legal functions of the former and the political or governance functions of the latter. For example, how has the power to determine (“legislate”) the applicable civil and criminal law been allocated, given the ruler’s power to influence that law through decree, competing jurisdictions, and control over the appointment and jurisdiction of qadis?
  • When should adjudication by ruler-established non-qadi courts or legislation issued by the ruler be considered “extra-Shari’a”?
  • What analogues have existed in Islamic history to a church-state or din wa-dawla division?
  • How have the understanding and practice of Islamic law, the ruling political authority, and the relationship between them shifted at various points, for example, during 19th- and 20th-century legal modernization?
The Programfor the conference is available. For information about attendance and to register, please send an email to Evgenia Kermeli,