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. 

"Arabic for Gender - Practical Views on Gendered Language in Human Rights, Education & Policy Context"

December 13, 2019 

9:30 am-5:30 pm 

Speakers: Professor Hilary Footitt (University of Reading), Professor Islah Jad (Bir Zeit University), Representatives of campaigning human rights organisations and UK-based policy-makers.​

Understanding Political Discourse : Methods and Practice with Reference to the Middle East and North Africa

November 7-9 2019

The course explores major topics in the study of political discourse, both as the theories and practices were developed in European and North American academia, and as applied to Arabic and other languages in the Middle East and North Africa. The lectures, seminars and readings provide insight into general theoretical questions, such as What is discourse? What is a speech act? What is a language? that are answered with reference to cases of political language use in the Middle East and North Africa. The course presents real materials from politicians’ speeches, TV and social media entertainment programmes, and ordinary speech.

Delivered by Dr Nancy Hawker, Governance Programme, Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations .

For further information and registration, please click here .​

"Arabic LADO in the UK Asylum System: Does It Work?"​

October 2, 2019 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, London

Speakers: Prof Peter Patrick, University of Essex; Dr Mohammed Ateek, Birkbeck, University of London an Dr Chris Lucas, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.​

Download Peter Patrick's position paper

Download Mohammed Ateek's position paper

Download Christopher Lucas' position paper​

Watch a recording of the event here​

"The Politics of Palestinian Multilingualism: Speaking for Citizenship" 

25 June 2019, 18:00-20:00, Aga Khan Centre

Speakers: Nancy Hawker (AKU-ISMC), Deborah Cameron (University of Oxford)

Hawker Paper​ | Listen to Seminar Presentation​​​​​

"Islamic law and gender equality in the balance: Inheritance law reform in Tunisia"

13 June 2019, 17:30-19:30, Aga Khan Centre​

Speakers: Salwa Hamrouni, Professor of Law at the University of Tunis; Roberta Aluffi,  Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Turin; Dörthe Engelcke, Senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law; Nadjma Yassari, Leader of the Research Group: Changes in God's Law - An Inner Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.

Aluffi Paper & Presentation​| Engelcke Paper | Yassari Paper​ | Hamrouni Presentation​ 

Watch Seminar Video​

"Blasphemy and the State in Pakistan​"

3 June 2019, 17:30-19:00, Aga Khan Centre

Speaker: Dr Yaqoob Khan Bangash, 2019 Chevening Fellow at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies ​

Chair: Stephen Lyon (AKU-ISMC)

Bangash Presentation​​

"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"

8 October 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"

16 November 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"

19 October 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?"

26 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"

19 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"

9 February 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​​"

19 May 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"

21 April  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"

15 March 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​"

25 February 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​”

21 January 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"​

27 November 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’​"

16 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"

6 May 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