​​Working Papers

Position papers generated by the programme are available below in multiple languages relevant to Muslim contexts.

The papers are drawn from the Dialogues seminar series and the programme's workshops and conferences.​​

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"The Politics of Palestinian Multilingualism: Speaking for Citizenship" ​

​​By Nancy Hawker (AKU-ISMC) and Deborah Cameron (Universirty of Oxford)

Hawker Paper

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

By 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

"Blasphemy and the State in Pakistan​"

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

Bangash Presentation​

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

By 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).

Matsunaga Paper | Enayat Presentation | Matsunaga Presentation | Paya Presentation​​


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

By Konstantinos Tsitselikis (University of Macedonia) and Yüksel Sezgin (Syracuse University)

Tsitselikis Paper: Arabic| English| Bahasa-Indonesia | Urdu

Sezgin Paper: Arabic | English | Bahasa-Indonesia | Urdu

​2018 Ann​​ual Student Conference Award

"Informal Community Courts and Formal Law Enforcement: The Ismaili CAB in the Chitral District of Pakistan" (Paper for the Biannual Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, to be held at the University of Ottawa, Canada, August 22-24, 2018)

By Syed Gohar Ali Shah, AKU-ISMC alumnus, 2017 cohort

Shah Abstract

Shah Paper


"Governance and Academic Freedom in Turkey and Hungary"

By Attila Melegh (Corvinus University) and Ceren Lord (University of Oxford)

Melegh Paper

"Governance and Public Health in Early Nineteenth Century Egypt"

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

Karimullah Paper

Quadri Paper

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

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

Arato Paper: Arabic | English | Bahasa-Indonesia | Urdu

Ibrahim Paper: Arabic​ | English​ | Bahasa-Indonesia | Urdu

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

By Jan-Michiel Otto (University of Leiden) and Leif Stenberg (AKU-ISMC)​

Otto Paper

Stenberg Position Paper: Arabic | English​ | Bahasa-Indonesia​ | Urdu

MESA 2016

‘Translating’ the 1814 French Charter: Al-Ṭahṭāwī’s new semiotics of law and governance​

By Gianluca P. Parolin, AKU-ISMC

Working Paper: Arabic​ | English | Bahasa-Indonesia | Urdu


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

By Said Arjomand​, Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies​

Working Paper: Ar​abic​English​Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​​

“Not Your Father’s Islamic State: Islamic Constitutionalism for Today’s Sharia-Minded Muslims”

By Asifa Quraishi-Landes, University of Wisconsin

Working Paper: Ar​abic​En​glish​​ | Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​

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

By Asem Khalil, Birzeit University

Working Paper: Ar​abic​English​​ | Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​

“Governance and the Constitution in Bahrain: A Sociologist’s Reading”

By Abdulhadi Khalaf​, Lund University

Working Paper: Ar​abic​English​Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​

"Constitutional Design in Islamic Countries: Comparative Notes on Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia"

By Ergun Özbudun, Istanbul Şehir University​

Working Paper: Ar​abic​English​Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​


"Islamists, Musl​imists and the application of modern Islamic political thought"

By Mark Sedgwick, Aarhus University

Working Paper: Ar​abic​English​Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​

"Ayatollah Khomeini’s Political Theory and Public Interest"

By Mohsen Kadivar, Duke University

Working Paper: Ar​abic​English​Bahasa-Indon​esia​Urdu​​

ISMC does not take specific positions; accordingly, all views expressed in the papers should be understood to be solely those of the author(s).​