A thought-provoking series of seminars on Governance in Muslim Contexts​

The seminars provide a forum for a continuous, all-inclusive (East, West, South, North) dialogue involving innovative researchers and thinkers, leading actors in civil society and the public sector to share new approaches to governance, especially in Muslim contexts. 

"Forty Years On. The Vocabulary of Secularism in Iran" 

15 March 2019, 12:00-13:30​, Aga Khan Centre

Speakers: Yasuyuki Matsunaga (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Hadi Enayat (AKU-ISMC), and Ali Paya (The Islamic College, affiliated with Middlesex University, London & National Research Institute for Science Policy, Tehran, Iran).

Convenors: Nancy Hawker (AKU-ISMC) and Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)​

Matsunaga Paper | Enayat Presentation | Matsunaga Presentation | Paya Presentation

"Sharia in Europe? — In Anticipation of the ECtHR Ruling on the Molla Sali v Greece Case"

October 8, 2018 - 12:30-14:30, Aga Khan Centre

Speakers: Konstantinos Tsitselikis (University of Macedonia; applicant on the case) and Yüksel Sezgin (Syracuse University)

Discussants: Marie-Bénédicte Dembour (University of Brighton; on the ECtHR) and Samia Bano (SOAS; on British Muslims)

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

"Governance and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary"

November 16, 2017 - 18:00-19:30pm, AKU-ISMC, 210 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA, room 2.3 

Speakers: Attila Melegh (Corvinus University, Budapest) and Ceren Lord (University of Oxford)

Chair: Sevgi Adak (AKU-ISMC)

Melegh Paper | Watch Seminar Video| Watch Adak Interview | Watch Melegh Interview​

"Governance and Public Health in Early Nineteenth Century Egypt"

October 19, 2017

Speakers: Kamran Karimullah (University of Manchester) and Junaid Quadri (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Karimullah Paper | Quadri Paper​ | Listen to Podcast​ | Watch Seminar Video | Watch Quadri Interview | Watch Parolin Interview

"Libya: Governance in the Making or in the Drafting?"

May 26, 2017

Speakers: Andrew Arato (New School for Social Research) and Suliman Ibrahim (Benghazi University)

Chair: Gianluca Parolin​ (AKU-ISMC)

Ibrahim Paper | Arato Paper​ | Listen to Podcast​

"The Russian Draft Constitution for Syria: Considerations on Governance in the Region"

April 19, 2017

Speakers: Jan-Michiel Otto (University of Leiden) and Leif Stenberg (AKU-ISMC)

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Stenberg Position Paper​ | Otto Position Paper​ | Listen to Podcast​

"Is Gender a Governance Issue? Perspectives from Muslim Contexts"

February 9, 2017

Speakers: Deniz Kandiyoti (SOAS), Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS), Kathryn Spellman Poots (AKU-ISMC)

Chair: Sevgi Adak (AKU-ISMC)

Listen to Podcast​

"Governance and the Constitution in Bahrain: A Sociologist’s Reading​​"

May 19, 2016

Speaker: Abdulhadi Khalaf, Lund University

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Khalaf Working Paper​ | Listen to Podcast

"Governance and the Constitution in Palestine: From Books to Action and Back"

April 21, 2016

Speaker: Asem Khalil, Birzeit University

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Khalil Working Paper​​ | Listen to Podcast

"Not Your Father’s Islamic State: Is​lamic Constitutionalism for Today’s Sharia-Minded Muslims"

March 15, 2016

Speaker: Asifa Quraishi-Landes, University of Wisconsin

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Quraishi-Landes Working Paper​ | Listen to Podcast

​"Governance in ​the Iranian Constitutions of the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Perspective​"

February 25, 2016

Speaker: Said Arjomand, Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies​

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Arjomand Working Paper​ | Listen to Podcast

“Constitutionalism after the Arab Spring: The Courts and Civil-Military Relations​”

January 21, 2016

Speakers: Rainer Grote, Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative and International Law; Tilmann Röder​, Max Planck Foundation

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Listen to Podcast

"Recent Constitutional Change in the ‘Arab World’: The Emergence of Conflicting Conceptions of Good Governance"​

November 27, 2014​

Speakers: Baudouin Dupret, Centre Jacques-Berque, Morocco; Bahey El Din Hassan, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS); Radwan Masmoudi, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)​

Chair: Gianluca Parolin (AKU-ISMC)

Listen to Podcast​

"Challenges to the M​odern State: Notions of an ‘Islamic Alternative’​"

May 16, 2014

Speakers: Mark Sedgwick, Aarhus University; Mohsen Kadivar, Duke University

Discussant: Abdou Filali-Ansary (AKU-ISMC)

Sedgwick Working Paper ​| Kadivar Worki​ng Paper​ | Listen to Podcast

"Challenges to the Modern State: Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World"

May 6, 2014​

Speaker: Will Kymlicka, Queen's University

Discussant: Abdou Filali-Ansary (AKU-ISMC)

Please see under 'Working Papers' for Arabic, Bahasa-Indonesian and Urdu translations of the above papers