About Us


Our Publicatio​​ns Catalogue​​​ lists our new​ and forthcoming books, as well as our backlist.

AKU-ISMC Publications address current trends of thought about Islam, Muslims and Muslim societies. By creating access to scholarship from Muslim contexts in the English language and on a global platform, our publica​tions foster intellectual exchange and dialogue about and between Muslim societies and cultures.

The Institute publishes an Occasional Paper series, three series with Edinburgh University Press, as well as independent volumes with a range of publishers:

Abdou Filali-Ansary Occasional Paper series​

Publishes progressive, innovative research by affiliated faculty, fellows, researchers and doctoral students across a wide range of research areas, demonstrating the depth and breadth of research undertaken at AKU-ISMC.

Music and Performance in Muslim Contexts

Published in association with the Aga Khan Music Programme, this series presents innovative scholarship in music, dance, theatre and other performative practices and varieties of expressive culture inspired or shaped by Muslim artistic, cultural, intellectual, religious and social heritage, including in new creative forms.

In Translation: Contemporary Thought in Muslim Contexts

Translates into English important contributions to the contemporary debates of the Muslim world, thereby broadening the current discussions around Muslim societies, which, although global in scope, often overlook works of new and original thinking produced in Muslim contexts.

Exploring Muslim Contexts

Explores issues that are critical to contemporary Muslim societies, addressing questions pertaining to knowledge construction, social change, development and new forms of socio-economic, political and cultural practices and differentiations in Muslims contexts.

Independent Volumes

Stand-alone volumes illustrating the dynamism of scholarship, the critical reassessment of heritages and histories, and the rapidly accelerating impetus towards social change and globalisation that are taking place in Muslim societies today.

Muslim Civilisations Abstracts (MCA)​

Abstracts of books published in Muslim contexts on encyclopedias, law and ethics, cities, gender, governance and education - translated into Arabic, Turkish and English.


Review of The Awakening of Islamic Pop Music (Jonas Otterbeck 2021) by ​Ruth Illman​

Review of Gender, Governance and Islam (Kandiyoti et al, 2019) by Sevgi Adak

Review of At the Corner of a Dream: A Journey of Resistance and Revolution (Bahia Shehab, 2019) by Sanaa Alimia​


offer a regular update on our activities.​​

2018 Newsletter

2019 Newsletter

2020 Newsletter​​ 1

2020 Newsletter 2


AKU-ISMC publications are available for purchase online and from major booksellers. Follow the links for each book to find out more.

Open Access:

Many of our books are available for free through AKU's open-access platform eCommons. Follow the links given for each available title.

Contact Us:

Email: ismc.publications@aku.edu​​​

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