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Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

IMEIS Research

Politics of the Muslim World

The Institute has substantial expertise in Muslim politics, Islamist movements, and Islamic political thought which, combined with existing excellence in Islamic political economy and finance in Durham Business School, provides a strong research and teaching profile in a field of broad academic and policy interest - Islam and politics. In addition, several members of staff work on the politics, political economy and international relations of the Gulf Arab states, the Maghreb, Egypt, Palestine/Israel, Yemen, Iran, Turkey, and Southeast Asia.

Particular strands that are highlighted in our research and teaching include:

  • Islamic ideas of state and governance.
  • The role of Islamic perspectives and Muslim actors in international and transnational
    relations.
  • The formation and impact of Islamist movements.
  • The domestic and regional politics of Muslim countries in several areas – principally,
    the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia.
  • Islamic finance and the political economy of Muslim countries.
  • Muslim minorities and debates over multiculturalism and democratisation.
  • Politics of the Mediterranean, with particular focus on the southern and eastern Med countries and communities.